The Gilded Age country home of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, remodeled and enlarged by McKim, Mead and White in 1895-96, represents the “Downton Abbey lifestyle” in turn-of-the-century America. Furnished in the styles of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Beaux-Arts mansion of 79 rooms is on 192 acres directly on the Hudson River in Mills-Norrie State Park. Call for hours, themed tours, and events.
Outdoor site for ceremony only on great lawn or tent setup at Gardener's Cove with scenic views of Hudson River.
Staatsburgh will open for the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 25. Touring hours will be Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) through Dec. 31. The site will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Special Evening Hours — Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition, there will be special evening hours on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with festive live music, costumed interpreters and shopping for special holiday gifts in the museum gift shop.
Additional Hours after Christmas
In the last week of December, the site will be open Monday through Saturday, Dec. 26 to 31, from noon to 4 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.)
Special Programs for Children and Families
Two children’s programs will be offered in December, Staatsburgh’s annual Holiday Whodunit and a “mouse house” craft workshop. The Holiday Whodunit will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27 and each Sunday in December except Christmas Day. Children ages 6 to 11 and their family members are invited to solve a “history mystery.” The children become detectives, interviewing costumed interpreters, who portray Gilded Age houseguests and servants. The Holiday Whodunit runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children typically take 45 minutes to an hour to complete the program. The young detectives can enter a drawing, along with their guess as to “whodunit,” for prizes provided by the Friends of Mills Mansion and Oblong Books. One of Staatsburgh’s most popular programs, the Holiday Whodunit has become an annual tradition for many families, who come each December to enjoy the holiday decorations and crack another Gilded Age case.
The Mouse House Craft Workshop was inspired by Staatsburgh’s Christmas tradition of displaying miniature mouse-size houses decorated for the holidays in hidden corners of the mansion. Children attending the workshop will have the opportunity to build and decorate their own mouse house. The workshop will be offered for children ages 6 – 10 Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30, at 10a.m. each day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop is $8 per child, or $15 per family, up to 3 children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Staatsburgh at (845) 889-8851.
Staatsburgh’s museum shop will be open during all touring hours. Often cited as among the best museum gift shops in the Hudson Valley, the shop features a unique array of jewelry, books, scarves, keepsakes and gifts, and stocks additional special merchandise during the holiday season, providing special gift ideas for all ages.
Site admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors; children 12 and younger are free. The site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of six sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information please call 845-889-8851 or visit our websites at www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/25/details.aspx and www.facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS.
|Address:||75 Mills Mansion Drive Road 1 (off Old Post Road)|
|Staatsburg, NY 12580|
|Phone (main):||(845) 889-8851|
|Open:||Call for hours.|
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