Historic Cherry Hill

523 1⁄2 South Pearl St
Albany , New York 12202
Phone: 518-434-4791
Deborah Emmons-Andarawis - 518-434-4791 - [email protected]

Historic Cherry Hill


Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of one Albany household. Built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, Cherry Hill was lived in by extended family, enslaved people, descendants, and servants—who left artifacts, documents, and stories behind. Historic Cherry Hill invites visitors and researchers to explore American history through the unique lens of one Albany household and, through intimate encounters with the past, encourages audiences toward new perspectives on their own stories and place in history.

Historic Cherry Hill is a member of the Capital District Library Council.


Cherry Hill Receipt Books

A collection of manuscript cookbooks kept by several generations of Cherry Hill women (and a few men) spanning the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Individual receipts include cooking recipes, remedies for the sick, and instructions for farming, as well as newspaper clippings and other ephemera.

Historical African American Experiences at Cherry Hill

Documents and artifacts related to enslaved people and African American servants at Cherry Hill, a historic house located on South Pearl Street in Albany, New York, United States.