NYPA’s Historic Lansing Manor Kicks Off 34th Tourist Season on May 2

Steve Ramsey

April 25, 2012


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 Wednesday, May 2. 

This year marks the Manor House’s 34th year as an admission-free historic house 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.”

Built by Revolutionary-era patriot John Ten Eyck Lansing, Jr. in 1819, the house was a wedding gift to 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 Victorian Teas on May 19 and August 4, and the Annual Quilt Show on June 2 and 3.

Lansing Manor is open May through October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday. 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 more information, visit www.nypa.gov/vc/blengil.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. ■ Approximately 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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