Historic Cherry Hill and the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology are set to present “Paws, Claws & Slippery Tails: The Pets of Cherry Hill” on September 29th from Noon to 4 pm.
The event will be a site-wide scavenger hunt in which guests learn the story of the cast of animals who lived at Cherry Hill over its long history as the Van Rensselaer family home — from Miles Standish, the rooster who was ever bullied by the saloon keeper’s cock, to Polly, a cockatoo, to Dandy, the Dalmatian.
Visitors will also learn about the play of the last generation of Van Rensselaer children: Elmendorf, Herbert, and Emily saved a pair of rabbits from the butcher in 1897, and thus began the “Bunnie” kingdom. What began as a bunny monarchy soon evolved into the “Bunnie States” when a “Declaration of Independence” threw off kings and queens in a bloodless coup that established the first bunny president. The acts of Bunnie States and its business spinoff, the Bunnie States Fowl & Garden Company, are documented in a set of papers, maps, and drawings named “The Bunnie Papers” by the children’s mother, Catherine Rankin. Guests at the event will have an opportunity to view the Bunnie Papers, meet a real live bunny, and interact with some other animal friends, including a chicken and some reptiles.
The event will be held at Historic Cherry Hill, 523 ½ South Pearl Street, Albany. Admission is $5.
For more information about Historic Cherry Hill, visit their website.
Photo of Van Rensselaer family rooster Miles Standish, and Emily Van Rensselaer provided.