NYPA Press Release

N.Y. Power Authority Announces 200th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Lansing Manor on June 15

For Immediate Release: 6/4/19

Contact: Jessica Kirby | (800) 724-0309 |
Jessica.kirby@nypa.gov

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced it will host a traditional Country Fair on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of the 200th anniversary of historic Lansing Manor. Located on the grounds of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, Lansing Manor is one of Schoharie’s County’s oldest residences and has been operated by NYPA as an admission-free museum for more than 40 years.

 

Festivities for the Manor’s bicentennial will include demonstrations by historic craft and trades people including a blacksmith, tinsmith, basket weaver, broom maker, chair caner and medicinal herbalist. Learn what life was life 200 years ago from some of the era’s “celebrities”-- Abraham Lincoln (author and re-enactor Peter Lindemann) and Mark Twain (re-enactor Don Coons). Bring a picnic or buy a picnic lunch offered for sale by local charity organizations. NYPA will serve free popcorn and lemonade.

 

The Manor’s Beginnings 

Revolutionary-era patriot John Ten Eyck Lansing, Jr. built Lansing Manor in 1819 as a wedding gift for his daughter, Frances, and her husband, Jacob Livingston Sutherland.   Lansing was a member of the Anglo/Dutch aristocracy that played a prominent role in the development of New York.  He served as a military aide during the Revolutionary War, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and chancellor of New York State. 

 

Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings and antiques from the first half of the 19th century. The Manor, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, contains 10 large rooms on two floors, plus a below-ground kitchen and other utility rooms and is a classic example of Federal period architecture. 

 

NYPA acquired the property in 1971 as part of its development of the nearby Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  The 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 completed a second renovation of the building in 2002 to improve historical accuracy and ensure the building maintains its structural and historical integrity.

 

This year will mark Lansing Manor’s 42nd season as a museum. It is open daily from May through October for guided tours from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.  The Manor is closed Tuesdays. During the summers, Lansing Manor hosts an average of 10,000 visitors at events designed to complement the building’s early 19th century vintage, including an annual Quilt Show, a Victorian Tea and a Halloween Haunted History Tour that invokes the lives of the home’s former tenants.

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After touring Lansing Manor, plan on a visit to the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn and part of the Lansing Manor complex. The Visitors Center features a wide range of interactive exhibits on such subjects as the science of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Project.  The Blenheim- Gilboa Visitors Center is open daily, year round, for guided tours from 10 a.m.to 5.p.m.

 

The complex is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge, about one hour from Albany.

 

Additional historic events are held throughout the year. Admission to the Manor, Visitors Center, and events, is always free. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For further information and a complete calendar of events, please call 1-800-724-0309 or visit on the web at www.nypa.gov.

 

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