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Crailo State Historic Site

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Address: 9 1/2 Riverside Ave., Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone Number: 518-463-8738
Description: Museum detailing Hudson Valley Dutch lifestyles.

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Interesting History of Dutch in NY

Our tour guide gave us an insight into the home and Dutch history which we enjoyed immensely. We learned that it is called Fort Crailo because local inhabitants would gather there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2014
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Neptune, Nj
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NYC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A great old house but they don't know much about the actual building which is the part I like the best. There was lots of info about early history of the area but not much history about the actual family who lived there. The house had exhibits in most rooms which the guide narrated. I would have preferred to read... More 

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Delmar, New York
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I was very impressed by the outside of the building and how well it was maintained, and then I got inside. The carpets were filthy and need to be replaced. There are only two period rooms which were not very well done. Most of the building is exhibits that the tour guide narrates. Our guide was very animated but often... More 

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Approaching the front door of Crailo, a sign on the closed door said to ring the bell. We did, twice. When a young woman finally came to the door she almost scolded us for being late for a tour, one that started ten minutes previously. The tourism information we had did not say there were tours. We joined the tour,... More 

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I got a "private" tour as the only guest on a Saturday afternon and the tour guide really knew her history. The tour lasted over an hour and a half and covered the history of the Rensselaers as well as the Dutch and British colonial period. Very informative and a nice location for a picnic just off the river

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Neptune, Nj
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3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our tour guide gave us an insight into the home and Dutch history which we enjoyed immensely. We learned that it is called Fort Crailo because local inhabitants would gather there when under attack; there are musket slots for defense. But don't look for a fort, which we did. We also learned about some of the Dutch customs. Our tour... More 

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Ossining, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

A wonderful place to see a well preserved piece of American history. Apparently, it shows a unique part of the Dutch historical significance in the early settlement of the United States that has mostly been torn down for new construction hundreds of years ago. Mighty nifty.

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New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is a fantastic little museum about colonial Dutch history in New York State. We visited on a Sunday afternoon (there is no parking lot, but we were able to park on the street right in front) and received a wonderful personal tour from James (well, just because we were the only ones that showed up that hour). He showed... More 

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Rensselaer NY
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

If you are interested in the early colonial history of NYS, you will enjoy this museum. Come during nice weather and you can go to the little park on the river, which is across the street.They also host some fun outdoor events. The museum staff came to my Kindergarten classroom recently to teach about colonial life in New Netherlands and... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The museum itself is small but the people are very informative and present the history of the area an entertaining way. If you can visit durring Crailo day which is Oct. they have a bunch of children and family friendly activities. Very enjoyable.

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Hudson, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Lovely atmosphere. Informative staff. A little colonial secret surrounded by busy intersections and a nice historic respite.

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