Albany Rural Cemetery Autumn Tours, Events

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John Flack Winslow grave at Albany Rural CemeteryThe Albany Rural Cemetery, located on Cemetery Avenue in Albany has announced their autumn schedule of tours and events.

Scheduled events include:

September 15: As part of this year’s Hudson River Valley Ramble weekend, Albany Rural Cemetery will be holding a walking tour to graves reflecting the area’s Dutch heritage, including some of the Cemetery’s oldest and most historic points of interests such as the Dutch Reformed lot with headstones dating back to the early 18th century. There will be refreshments and more in the Chapel as well.

There will also be a limited number of free Hudson River Valley Ramble t-shirts available at the event on a first-come basis. Tickets are $10 each. Registration and tickets are available here.

This is a walking tour that will involve hills and unpaved paths. Dress accordingly and wear appropriate shoes. Bug spray is recommended. In the event of rain, there will a presentation in the Cemetery Chapel.

Use the Main Gate. Tour will begin at the Chapel at 10 am.

September 22: The Audubon Society of the Capital District and the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery will lead an autumn morning bird walk. The spring bird walk was a popular event for bird enthusiasts with about thirty species birds – from brown creepers to red tail hawks – observed.

$10 per person. Register by calling or emailing the Cemetery office, (518) 463-7017, Tour will begin at the Chapel.

September 29: The Cemetery will again welcome the Albany Death Cafe to the Chapel at 1 pm. This popular event is a chance for people to get together and discuss all aspects of death and dying in a comfortable setting with tea and baked goods.

The event is free and open to all. Bring your own mug. For more information click here.

October 5: The annual wreath-laying will take place at the grave of Chester Allen Arthur. The annual ceremony, which honors the 21st President on his birthday, will take place at 11 am. It is free and no advance registration is needed.

October 13: A joint ceremony with the 125th Regimental Association will be held to dedicate a new military headstone for the grave of Civil War veteran Private Philip Troy. The dedication will begin at 11 am in Section 112. Additional details to be announced.

October 14: A special garden party will celebrate architect Marcus T. Reynolds and his contributions to the historic landscape of A.R.C. and begin the capital campaign to restore the former superintendent’s residence, now called the 1899 Reynolds House.

October 20: Birthplace of the Iron Industry Tour in partnership with the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. A walk along the Wynantskill to the site of two of the most important iron production sites prior to the Civil War, followed by a visit to the graves of industrialists Henry Burden, Erastus Corning, and John Flack Winslow at Albany Rural Cemetery.

Contact Hudson Mohawk Gateway at (518) 274-5267, or for details and tickets.

October 27: A “Haunted History” Walking Tour just in time for Halloween, more information to be announced.

Photo of John Flack Winslow’s grave at Albany Rural Cemetery provided.

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