A common room for the family.
Not a member of the van Rensselaer family, but a fine example of an affluent young woman from the 18th century.
My beautiful young niece, Taylor.
Many notable people passed through these doors, such as George Washington and British General John Burgoyne. The mansion was actually the site of Alexander Hamilton's wedding with Philip's daughter, Elizabeth. Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, spent much of his time here. The Schuyler family lived here from 1763 until Philip's death in 1804. It was auctioned off after his death and was almost forgotten in later years. Thankfully, in 1917 it was restored and became a National Historic monument.
To end the day, I decided to do a short walk at Papscanee Nature Preserve along the banks of the Hudson River in Schodack. Formerly an island, it is now part of the river's shoreline, offering a couple of miles of trails and interpretive signs along the way. This floodplain was once home to the Mohican Indians, who thrived on this land for centuries thanks to the ease of access to the river.
Here is a view north towards the power plant on the west side of the river in Bethlehem.