Power Authority Visitors Center
Listed as 'Top 25' Attraction
April 10, 2008
appeal of the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power
Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project has
been confirmed with its inclusion on the Capital District Business
Review’s Top 25 Tourism and Attractions List for 2007.
Based on attendance
figures for the year, the visitors center was 13th on the list. The
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, the New York State Museum in Albany and
Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady held the top three spots.
“The Power Authority
seeks to be a good neighbor in the area, and this recognition
testifies to the Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center’s value as a
community resource,” Lynn Hait, NYPA’s interim regional manager for
Central New York, said. “The listing is particularly gratifying
since a number of larger facilities are also included.”
The visitors center,
which opened in 1973, attracted more than 42,000 people in 2007.
Housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn that is part of the
historic Lansing Manor complex, the center features a variety of
interactive exhibits and displays on such subjects as basics of
electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa
project. It frequently plays host to community events and meetings.
The center is open
daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year’s Day.
Adjacent to the
visitors center is the admission-free Lansing Manor, open from May 1
to Oct. 31. Lansing Manor, a classic example of Federalist period
architecture, was built by John Ten Eyck Lansing Jr., a major figure
in New York State politics and government. The house is operated as
a museum by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie
County Historical Society.
The Lansing Manor
complex is located about 50 miles southwest of Albany on Route 30.
It is 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand
Photo and caption
■ NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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