An official Path Through History Site! Built in 1787, Cherry Hill has been the home of 5 generations of the Van Rensselaer and Rankins families. The Van Rensselaers were part of a group of wealthy and powerful families known as the Hudson River manor lords. The Van Rensselaer-Rankin family's collection of personal papers and possessions during their 176 year occupancy at Cherry Hill are housed and on display at the home. Catherine Putnam came to Cherry Hill at age 3 following her mother's death. Her life spanned the Civil War, WWI and WWII, and was marked by major change. Hear her dramatic story, told through her amazingly intact family collections of 20,000 objects, 30,000 manuscripts 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books, and 3,000 photographs!