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.
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Tuesdays through Saturdays (12 pm - 5 pm, last admission 4:30pm)
Tuesday through Saturday (12 pm - 4 pm, last admission 3:30pm)
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.
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The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
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.
Yoga and meditation sessions offered in the Gothic Chamber each Saturday between Feb. 25 and Mar. 18. $10 per class. Advance registration is appreciated so please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be working with chairs, so please bring cushion for chair. You may come to any or all sessions.
Saturday, February 25, 3:00PM. Come by the Manor and see the continuation of the most diverse herd in history as Manny, Sid, Diego and all your favorites return in Ice Age: Continental Drift. As the continent begins to break apart, the group becomes separated as Manny, Sid and Diego are set adrift on an iceberg floating out to sea. Will they be able to reunite with the rest of their friends and family or will the sea claim another victim? 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.
In honor of Women's History Month, and coinciding with the exhibit "Tranquility Matters: Teapots from the Private Collection of Theresa Bowman Smith," featured in the Manor's Community Gallery, join acclaimed sopranos Brooke Bryant and Yolanda F. Johnson as they take you through an evening of song, highlighting works by some of the most preeminent historical and contemporary female composers. Admission is $20, and tickets are available at the door. For advance reservations, or more information, please email Jamie@yolandafjohnson.com.
Come join us at the 3rd installment of Philipse Manor Hall's winter movie series as we will be viewing the 1991 Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast as the new live action version hits theaters. Get a chance to experience heartfelt classics to modern masterpieces as we cozy up on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Movies are shown in the Gothic Chamber inside the Manor Hall, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket if they prefer to lie down on the floor. All films are rated G or PG. Free admission. Guest will vote on next month's movie!
Join Yonkers Arts for an evening celebrating internationally known and longtime Yonkers resident, Barbara Segal. With an eye schooled in the forms, patterns and textures of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, Segal creates pop and fashion icons in rare and exquisite stones, which has been exhibited all over the world. She'll discuss the various tools, techniques and inspirations for her works, followed up by a question and answer session with the audience. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.