A New York Minute In History
A New York Minute In History
Albany Mansion Marks 19th Century Murder | A New York Minute In History

On this Halloween episode of A New York Minute In History, we explore a murder in the state’s capital of Albany. In May 1827, a member of the city’s elite was killed in his family’s Georgian mansion at Cherry Hill.

The murder of John Whipple resulted in two sensational trials steeped in the issues of their time, and the last public hanging in Albany. Historic Cherry Hill continues to mark the anniversary, as WAMC’s Jesse King found out.

WAMC’s Jesse King speaks with Historic Cherry Hill’s Shawna Reilly in the room where the inquest for John Whipple took place. MICHAEL APOLLO/WAMC

Music used in this episode of A New York Minute In History includes “Roadside Bunkhouse” by Truck Stop.

A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts. WAMC’s Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media.

Support for this podcast comes from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, which helps people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded nearly 900 signs across New York State and beyond … all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there’s never been a better time to apply.

The Foundation’s programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women’s suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State’s history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org.

This program is also funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.