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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

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

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.

  • 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 06 May
Storybook Bonanza
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:30 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Once again, Philipse Manor Hall is proud to host this annual free book giveaway presented in partnership with the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. Children from Pre-K to third grade can take home a book of their choice, and have their picture taken with a certain big, red dog!

Sat 06 May
Yoga and Meditation for Stress Release
Saturday, May 6, 2017 until Saturday, May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Yoga classes offered in the Gothic Chamber on May 6, 13 and 20. $10/class. Advance registration is appreciated: info@yogaforbliss.net. We will be working with chairs, please bring a cushion for the chair.
Registration: Optional
Sun 07 May
CAPE (Community Adventure Play Experience)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and in conjunction with Yonkers Arts Weekend, CAPE (Community Adventure Play Experience) gives children the ability to use their imagination to transform recyclables and other discarded materials, into whatever their mind can think of. Children will be able to construct anything their mind can think of out of boxes, string, buckets and other day to day items. This free program will be taking place on the western lawn in back of the Manor Hall. Materials will be provided.

Sat 27 May
Saturday Family Movie: Viewer's Choice
Saturday, May 27, 2017 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Come join us at the last installment of Philipse Manor Hall's winter/spring movie series as we will be viewing the Viewer's choice pick from April's movie. 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 PG. Free admission.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House