Dramatic Tours Recapture Harrowing Night at Cherry Hill

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murder graphicOn Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 31 through November 2 –  Historic Cherry Hill will present a dramatic tour reliving the infamous 1827 murder that occurred at the Cherry Hill mansion, one-time home of the Van Rensselaer family.

The public is invited to step into the experiences of the Cherry Hill household on the evening of May 7, 1827, when a hired hand murdered a household member.  The dramatic tour will investigate the scene of the crime and the differing perspectives of those who were there on that fateful evening. 

Actor James Keil will appear as Jesse Strang, bringing to life the murderer whose violent act was motivated by romantic attachment to his victim’s wife.  The murder resulted in two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging.

The program will be offered on three days.  Tours on Halloween (October 31) and November 1 will be held at 4:00 pm., 5:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., and tours on November 2 will be held at  2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m, and 7:00 p.m.  Reservations are required.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.  There is a special discount for museum neighbors with a 12202 zip code.  For reservations and further information please call Historic Cherry Hill at 434-4791 or email becky@historiccherryhill.org

Historic Cherry Hill is a historic house museum in Albany, NY, and the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family from 1787-1963.

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