On Tuesday, July 4th , 2017, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site has invited the public to attend an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on the mansion grounds, from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
A variety of 18th century activities may be sampled throughout the afternoon. Candle demonstrations and backgammon lessons will be available, and “Dr. Stringer,” Philip Schuyler’s physician, will discuss the fascinating subject of 18th century medicine, including the use of leeches, bleeding, and oxygen.
The day will also feature appearances by “Mr. Bayly, 18th Century Magician,” with his skills in conjuring and sleight of hand, and also Linda Russell, Balladeer, who will perform songs of early America.
In addition, Schuyler Mansion will offer a “Hands-On History” tent where children and their families may enjoy signing the Declaration of Independence with quill pens, crafts, playing with colonial games and toys, and also test their skills at a battlefield strategy game. There will also be the Hudson River Trade Game, provided by Historic Cherry Hill.
Schuyler Mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours from noon to 4 pm free of charge. Visitors may take this opportunity to tour Philip Schuyler’s 18th century home at their leisure.
Free Stewart’s Shops ice cream will be available.
Schuyler Mansion is located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End and was the 18th century home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804) and his family. For further information, visit the museums website.
Photo: Schuyler Mansion, provided.