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Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

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Address
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Latitude 40.9355500514
Longitude -73.899312861499993

On November 28, 1776, the same year that 56 Americans signed the Declaration of Independence, well over 200 colonial New Yorkers placed their signatures on a "Declaration of Dependence." These signers were Loyalists, citizens who remained faithful to their sovereign, George III, King of Great Britain. Prominent among the signatures was that of Frederick Philipse III, Lord of the vast Manor of Philipsburg and resident of the elegant mansion known today as Philipse Manor Hall. Frederick Philipse III and his family lived in luxury, well supported by rents from the many tenant farms on his property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against Great Britain, Frederick III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were so strong that General George Washington ordered him arrested in 1776. Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and then to England, where the last "Lord of the Manor", broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His land and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction.

In 1868, after passing through the hands of many owners, the house became Yonkers Village Hall and, in 1872, the first City Hall. By the 20th century, city growth threatened the Manor Hall's future until it was acquired by New York State in 1908 with the generous help of the Cochran Family of Yonkers. Today, Philipse Manor Hall serves as a museum of history, art and architecture, as well as host to community organizations, meetings, educational programs and special events. Highlights of the Hall include its 18th century, high style Georgian architecture, a 1750s papier mache Rococo ceiling, and an impressive collection of presidential portraits, including the six Presidents from New York State.A Community Gallery has been created at Philipse Manor Hall to display materials which support the Manor Hall's programs and services and relate to the local community. Exhibit policy and application forms are available at the administrative office. Both individuals and organizations are welcome to apply.

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the historic site

  • Beczak Environmental Education Center-exhibits and programs both indoors, outdoors and in the Hudson River!
  • Community Gallery-located on the ground floor, this rotating exhibit of art from the community is free!
  • Philipsburg Manor-another site of Frederick Philipse, this restored Dutch Colonial manor house and grounds features farm animals and a water-powered mill.
  • Sunnyside-19th century romantic landscape estate of Washington Irving (author of Rip Van Winkle, among other others)
  • John Jay Homestead State Historic Site-located 20 miles north of the Manor, home of Founding Father John Jay. 
  • Old Croton Aqueduct-located a few blocks from the Manor.  A hiking, biking, and walking trail that snakes 26 miles from Croton to the Bronx Line.
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve-located 15 miles north, idealized carriage trails created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Access to 55 miles of meandering trails with streams, pastures, ridges, a 22-acre lake and the Hudson River.

 

Hours of Operation

  • April-October:
    Tuesdays through Saturdays (12 pm - 5 pm, last admission 4:30pm)
    Closed holidays.
     
    November-March:
    Tuesday through Saturday (12 pm - 4 pm, last admission 3:30pm)
    Closed holidays.

    Tours are self guided except for educational programs. School and group visits are by appointment only. Please call the site at (914) 965-4027 for more information. Please visit the Education section to learn more.

  • Group tours: Year-round, by appointment.
  • Special Events: Various concerts, benefit events, lectures, living history demos, storytime.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • Adults $5
    Seniors/Student - $3
    Children under 12, free.
    Please Inquire for group tours and school group rates.
    Group (10+): $3
    Community Gallery-Free admission
  • Educational Programs
  • $2-5/student on-site, depending on the program
    $50/presentation/hr off-site
  • Special Events
  • Vary according to the program. Call site for details.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site invites your class to learn about the Manor Hall and its place in history!

Please see our education brochure for descriptions of the education programs offered.

Tours are self-guided and can be taken any time during the museum's hours of operation.

Saturday Guided Tours

Like your tours with a more personal touch? Accompany us on a private museum tour with one of our knowledgeable docents, Saturdays at 12pm between May and September. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for Friends members and for children 12 and under.

Sat 01 Oct
Magdalen - The Play
Saturday, October 1, 2016 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall are pleased to present MAGDALEN – THE PLAY, written and performed by critically acclaimed actor/playwright Erin Layton and directed by Julie Kline. MAGDALEN is a fictional exploration of the stories of the women and girls who were sent to "wash away their sins" in commercial laundries run by nuns in mid-twentieth century Ireland. This compelling, multi-character, solo play traces the lives of four girls and women forced to work as slave laborers in the Magdalene Laundries with the complicity of the church and the society that turned a blind eye. And audience Q&A with Erin Layton and Julie Kline will be held at the conclusion of tonight's performance. Tickets are $5 for members of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall and $10 for non-members. Visit philipsemanorfriends.blogspot.com to purchase tickets and for more information.
Fri 07 Oct
Community Adventure Play Experience (CAPE) Program
Friday, October 7, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

A joint program between Philipse Manor Hall and Sarah Lawrence College's Child Development Institute. The CAPE program gives children the ability to use their imagination to transform recyclables and other discarded materials in whatever their mind can think of. Materials will be provided and student helpers will be available to assist with creations. Children are encouraged to take home their creations. All children must be accompanied by a guardian.

Program takes place on the back lawn of the Manor Hall on the following Fridays: Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Patrons will be able to get free admission to the Manor Hall from 4-6 p.m.

Sat 15 Oct
Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The fall is in full swing at Philipse Manor Hall today! Come celebrate the fall harvest by participating in many fun-filled, family oriented, fall crafts and activities! Featuring a colonial broom making living history craftsmen, face and pumpkin painting, apple cider pressing and more!! Come stop by and celebrate this year's fall season at Philipse Manor Hall!

 

Fri 21 Oct
Community Adventure Play Experience (CAPE) Program
Friday, October 21, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

A joint program between Philipse Manor Hall and Sarah Lawrence College's Child Development Institute. The CAPE program gives children the ability to use their imagination to transform recyclables and other discarded materials in whatever their mind can think of. Materials will be provided and student helpers will be available to assist with creations. Children are encouraged to take home their creations. All children must be accompanied by a guardian.

Program takes place on the back lawn of the Manor Hall on the following Fridays: Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Patrons will be able to get free admission to the Manor Hall from 4-6 p.m.

Sat 29 Oct
Saturday Family Movie -- "Hotel Transylvania II" + Costume Contest
Saturday, October 29, 2016 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

October's Saturday Family Movie brings us back to a familiar place, with familiar monsters in Hotel Transylvania II. 7 years removed from meeting, Mavis and Johnny welcomed an adorable, half man-half vampire baby into the family, but much to Drac's dismay, by age 5, young little Dennis hasn't shown any of his vampire powers. Can Drac and friends bring out the inner monster in his grandson before Drac's own human-hating father finds out the truth about his great-grandson? Those attending today's film will be able to vote on next month's movie! Kids attending are encouraged to come dressed up in costume. The best costume will win a prize! All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

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