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Lansing Manor Closes for the Season After a Successful 2008

Steve Ramsey

November 13, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The admission-free Lansing Manor House continued to be a major tourist attraction in southern Schoharie County during 2008, drawing more than 10,000 people during its 31st season lasting from May 1 through October 31. 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), which owns the Manor House and operates it as a museum in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, played host to several major programs, including a Mother’s Day weekend quilt show, an antique auto show, a vintage baseball game and a Victorian tea event. 

Built in 1819, the house is part of the historic Lansing Manor complex of educational and recreational facilities on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The Power Authority purchased the manor site in 1971 as part of construction of the Blenheim-Gilboa project and restored the house to reflect the lifestyles of its occupants. The power project’s visitors center, also admission-free, is housed in an adjacent renovated dairy barn. 

The Lansing Manor House is a classic example of Federalist period architecture. The house was built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., an important figure in New York State politics and government during the time of the American Revolution, as a wedding gift to his daughter, Frances, and her husband, Jacob Sutherland. 

NYPA plans to play host next year to more history-related programs, including several hands-on programs for children. A quilt show weekend, an antique auto show and a Victorian Tea event will again be on the schedule. 

The Lansing Manor complex is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

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