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Crailo State Historic Site

9 1/2 Riverside Ave., Rensselaer, NY 12144
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Rensselaer
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: Museum detailing Hudson Valley Dutch lifestyles.
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Largo, Florida
2 reviews
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
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
12 helpful votes 12 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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New York, New York, United States
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94 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We stopped over here on NYS Heritage Weekend as well as the Schuyler Mansion. It was well worth it as the staff are super knowledgeable about Dutch Colonial history in the Upper Hudson/Albany/Rensselaer area. The museum itself (restored Brick Manor House c.1712) was nicely laid out but it would have been nicer if they had some additional period rooms other... More

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