Tour Highlights Infamous 1827 Albany Murder

This Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th, Historic Cherry Hill will present a special tour, &#8220Murder at the Mansion: A Dramatic Walk through a Murderous Evening&#8221 as the third and last program in the series “Murder at Cherry Hill: A Window into Changing Times.”

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. The program will be offered on two days: Friday, October 26th at 4:00 pm., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

The program series, “Murder at Cherry Hill,” explores the murder of John Whipple, which took place in 1827 at the Cherry Hill mansion, home of the Van Rensselaers and their descendents from 1787-1963. The crime resulted in two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging. For reservations and further information call Historic Cherry Hill at 434-4791 or email

The series is funded by the New York Council for the Humanities and presented by Historic Cherry Hill. Historic Cherry Hill is a historic house museum in Albany, NY, and the five-generation home of the Van Rensselaer family.

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