NYPA’s Historic Lansing Manor Draws Record Crowds in 2009

Steve Ramsey

November 17, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—Historic Lansing Manor, part of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, recently ended its most successful tourist season on record.  From May 1 though October 31, Lansing Manor hosted over 10,000 visitors, representing an increase of more than 200 people from previous attendance figures.

In addition to this summer’s normal tourist traffic, several special events designed specifically to complement the building’s period aesthetic helped boost attendance, including an annual Quilt Show, a two-day event which drew more than 600 visitors, and a Victorian Tea.

This season marked Lansing Manor’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. Lansing Manor 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 buildings again in 2002.

Lansing Manor will re-open for the 2010 summer season on Saturday, May 1, and thereafter it will be open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, through October 31.  School groups and community organizations are welcome. For further information, or to inquire about our 2010 calendar of events, call 800-724-0309 or visit us on the web at www.nypa.gov/vc/blenheim.htm.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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