|Fort Crailo, Rensselaer|
I had an opportunity, late in the fall, to enjoy a tour of Fort Crailo, in Rennselaer. A brick manor home, it was constructed in 1707 by Hendrick van Rensselaer on the 1660 foundation of a home built by his father, Jeremias. Crailo is taken from the name of the family homestead in the Netherlands and means crows wood. The Dutch, who made the first land claim to New York (New Amsterdam) in 1609, were the first settlers in the Albany area. Among the Dutch to receive large land grants was the van Rensselaer family.
|Room in Fort Crailo giving sense of Dutch life in New Amsterdam (from website).|
|Yankee Doodle Dandy well at Crailo|
One old anecdote tells the story of a British doctor, Richard Shuckburgh, sitting at the well at Crailo (pictured above), who wrote the lyrics to the famous song, Yankee Doodle Dandy, which poked fun at the local (American) militia (c.1758). I love stories like this that bring history to life!
Bye for now,
P.S. Located at 91/2 Riverside Avenue in Rensselaer, they can be reached at
$5 includes a tour. Open seasonally.
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