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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
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Museum detailing Hudson Valley Dutch lifestyles.

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Very Very Old for US

Very nice state museum with history of early Albany Dutch settlements. The guide was excellent. Basement walls date from 1660, which is far older than anything in Albany. Good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Albany, NY
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Albany, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Very nice state museum with history of early Albany Dutch settlements. The guide was excellent. Basement walls date from 1660, which is far older than anything in Albany. Good explanation of Netherlands prior to its colonies in US. Great exhibit on Dutch slave trade in the new world that explains that the Dutch, after their loss to England in 1664,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Explore the Dutch history that started the culture in the Captial District. These folks have gone all out to give you the feeling of being in pre-British colonial home. Enjoy the environs and the informative guides. Don't miss this hidden gem on your next trip to the Albany, NY area.

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Lancaster, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I am glad that we only paid an additional $3 for a combo ticket with the Schuyler Mansion to visit Crailo. it is a very small building and had gone through so many different renovations, there is very little left of the original and it is not being restored to it's original state. That being said, our tour guide Liz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I took some exchange students here for the festival last year. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Very informative tours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I think it is a great place for children to see as well as adults. Nice family day. They have some nice tiles for sale and other items. Call ahead of time. They use to do a tour and a meal

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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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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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 

Thank johnNeptune_Nj

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