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Lansing Manor House Set to Re-Open on May 1

Steve Ramsey

April 27, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—The historic Lansing Manor, part of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, will reopen for the summer tourism season on Friday, May 1.  

This year marks the Manor House’s 32nd year as an admission-free museum. Operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century and has been described as a history buff’s “dream come true.” 

Lansing Manor was built by Revolutionary-era patriot John Ten Eyck Lansing Jr. in 1819 as a wedding gift for his daughter and son-in law, Frances and Jacob Livingston Sutherland. The Power Authority acquired the property in 1971 as part of its development of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The Manor House, listed in the national Register of Historic Places, was fully restored by NYPA in 1977 to reflect the lifestyles of the people who lived in the house during its first 50 years. The Power Authority renovated the restored Manor House again in 2002. 

Several admission-free events are planned for the Lansing Manor House this season, including the annual Quilt Show on May 16 and 17, a Victorian Tea on August 1, and others. 

Lansing Manor will be open daily, except Tuesdays, until October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For further information, call 1-800 724-0309 or visit on the web at

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