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NYPA’s Lansing Manor Celebrates Local History

Steve Ramsey

August 6, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—Historic Lansing Manor, part of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, will provide the backdrop for an afternoon of local history as the Power Authority celebrates “Lansing Manor Day” on Saturday, August 15.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. and feature in-depth tours of Lansing Manor and its outbuildings; a screening of “The Town of Gilboa” film, about the history of the town and its founders; and an opportunity to meet local author Dorothy Kubik, who will be signing copies of her book, “A Free Soil - A Free People: The Anti-Rent War in Delaware County, New York,” about the tenant revolt during the early 19th century. The program will be followed by refreshments on the manor house porch. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to call 800-724-0309 to reserve a place.

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.

Lansing Manor is open daily, except Tuesdays, May 1 through October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome.  For further information, call 800 724-0309 or visit on the web at

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