Staatsburg, N.Y. - The halls are being decked! Staatsburgh State Historic Site is preparing for its festive Gilded Age Christmas, featuring sumptuous decorations throughout the mansion and special children's programs from late November through New Year's Eve. The site opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 28, and offers public hours Thursday through Sunday, from Noon to 4pm (closed Christmas Day) through December 31. Special evening hours are from 6pm to 8pm on Friday December 12, and additional days for visiting the mansion include Noon to 4pm on Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31.
"Touring the mansion during the holidays is a special experience that puts you in a festive mood right away," says Pam Malcolm, the site manager. "It's a wonderful activity for the family to experience together, and each year it's a bit different, since our volunteers create new decorative
schemes every season, for the formal dining room and other spaces."
Evening Hours Friday, December 12, 6-8pm
The site will be open on December 12, from 6-8pm, so that
visitors can experience the decorated mansion after dark, and tour the historic rooms, populated with guides in period costume.
Holiday Whodunit Program
Sundays in December, from 1pm until 4pm, children ages 6 to 11 and their family members are invited to solve a "history mystery" in the Holiday Whodunit. The young detectives will interview costumed interpreters, who portray Gilded Age houseguests and servants. The Holiday Whodunit has become an annual tradition for many families, who come each December to enjoy the holiday decorations and crack another Gilded Age case. Children who submit a guess as to "whodunit" will be entered in a drawing for a prize.
Children's Craft Workshops
Saturday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 30th, 2-3:30pm
Each holiday season, children enjoy searching for the
miniature houses of Mistletoe Mouse throughout the mansion. Mistletoe Mouse returns this season, and the site is offering two hands-on craft workshops during the school
vacation: Saturday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 30th, 2-3:30pm. Children ages 6 - 12 can make their own mouse houses out of boxes and various craft materials. A parent or guardian must accompany child; $5 materials fee per child. Reservations recommended: (845) 889-8851.
Gift Shopping at Staatsburgh
Staatsburgh's museum shop is a favorite stop for many Hudson Valley shoppers. It features a unique selection of jewelry, books, scarves, keepsakes and gifts. The shop will be open during all touring hours.
Site admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors; children 12
and younger are free. The site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old
Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of six sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
For more information please call 845-889-8851 or visit our websites at www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/25/details.aspx,
Contact:Pam Malcolm, Site Manager
(845) 889-8851, ext. 339