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Sat 30 Mar
America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era
Saturday, March 30, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Highlighting Staatsburgh’s real- life counterparts of the Downtown Abbey characters, this tour, led by a costumed interpreter, will explore how the servants prepared for a busy weekend of entertaining...and how the Millses’ daughter, like Downtown Abbey’s Cora, married into the British aristocracy. Reservations required. Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/ Friends of Mills Mansion.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
(SOLD OUT) You Can't Make this Stuff Up: Delving Deeper into Gilded Age Scandals- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Our annual GILDED AGE SCANDALS theme tour is chock-full of stories of sex, murder, and corruption. At this tea, Staatsburgh's Educator, Don Fraser, will focus on just a few seamy stories from the tour and explore them in more sordid detail! Not for the young and impressionable! Not for the faint of heart!

Snow date: Sunday, March 31

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
A Closer Look: A Curator-Guided Exploration of the Hidden & Hard-to-see
Saturday, March 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

In this special tour by reservation, Staatsburgh’s Curator, Dr. Maria Reynolds, will focus on a selection of objects—from works of art to books, tools, you name it—that are not accessible or easily seen on tour, or which tell a special story. Reservations required.

Time: 1PM /Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Mar
Ice is Nice!...And Historic!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

A family program for children ages 7 – 12 on Saturday, March 16, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The program will show how ice kept food fresh in the days before the refrigerator was invented.

Before refrigeration, the Mills family, along with families throughout the world, relied on ice to preserve their food during warm months. The ice they used was harvested in the winter from the Hudson River.

During this program, families will be introduced to the tools and techniques used for harvesting and storing ice; see the mansion's historic ice box; take a walk to visit a former ice house nearby; and make ice cream. The program covers some history, a little science, and includes winter hiking on trails; a parent or guardian must accompany their children.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 889-8851, extension 300. The cost is $8 per child; $15 for families of up to 3 children

Registration: Required
Sun 10 Mar
(SOLD OUT) Millionaries and Masqurade Balls- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 10, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Guest historian Carol Kohan will explore how the centuries-old diversion of masquerade and fancy dress balls flourished across continents and enthralled New York society, including the Millses, in the Gilded Age.

Snow Date: Sunday, March 17

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Mar
(SOLD OUT) UnderWhere?- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, March 3, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Kjirsten Gustavson, Interpretive Programs Coodinator at the Bureau of NYS Historic Sites, will reprise her popular program about historic undergarments. Learn about the layers of clothing required for a women in the 1880s while Kjirsten dresses the part and reveals various layers of clothing (family safe!). Enjoy tea along with sandwiches, scones and treats in the formal dining room while listening to talks about Gilded Age history. No snow date: Future date TBD

Time: 1:00 PM / Cost: $35 / Person, $30 / Friends of Mills Mansion Members. Reservations are required. Please call 845-889-8851 to reserve and be advised that the teas fill up very quickly!

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Mar
World War 1 and the End of the Gilded Age
Saturday, March 2, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Commemorating the recent 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Feb
(SOLD OUT) Tea with Alice Roosevelt- Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series
Sunday, February 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

President Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter, a good friend of the Millses' twin daughters, was celebrated for her wit and disregard for society's polite conventions. Come and meet Alice, as portrayed by American History Theater's Kim Hanley.

No snow date: Future date TBD

Registration: Required
Sat 23 Feb
A Closer Look: A Curator Guide Exploration of the Hidden & Hard-to-see
Saturday, February 23, 2019 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

In this special tour by reservation, Staatsburgh’s Curator, Dr. Maria Reynolds, will focus on a selection of objects—from works of art to books, tools, you name it—that are not accessible or easily seen on tour, or which tell a special story. Reservations required.

Time: 1PM /Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Friends of Mills Mansion.

Registration: Required