NYS Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation 100May 11 & 25

Presented by Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Staatsburg, N.Y.  (4/17/24) — At the turn of the century, the hamlet of Staatsburg was a thriving hub of businesses and manufacturing, fueled by local landed estates and the modernizing nation. Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer free guided walking tours of the hamlet of Staatsburg in May.

The tour will visit several historic locations - including long forgotten factories, bustling downtown hotels, and medieval-style memorials. Using period photographs, the tour will focus on Staatsburg's storied history and its close connection to the Staatsburgh estate. Note the different spellings of the estate name and the hamlet name: the hamlet dropped the final “H” in the 1890s.

The “Staatsburg Village Walking Tour” will be held on Saturdays, May 11 & 25 at 10:00 a.m. The program is free, but reservations are required and can be made online at www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.

The 90-minute walk through the center of Staatsburg will begin at St. Margaret's Church and follow a circuit through the hamlet for about a mile. Afterwards, visitors may wish to enjoy a picnic by the Hudson River in Mills Memorial State Park, or a tour of the Gilded Age mansion at Staatsburgh. Reservations for a mansion tour can be made at www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. A site admission fee for the tour is charged on arrival: $10 per person for adults, or $8 per person for seniors; ages 12 and under are free.

Staatsburgh, the Gilded Age home of Ruth and Ogden Mills, has always had a close relationship with the nearby hamlet of Staatsburg. Hudson River estates like Staatsburgh were industries in themselves, providing steady employment for generations of local families. In return, Ruth, Ogden, and their children gave back to their home-community, through public works projects and gifts of food and heating coal to less-fortunate residents.

Staatsburgh State Historic 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 6 sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information, call 845-889-8851, or visit Staatsburgh’s websites at Parks.NY.govFacebook, and Blogger. Staatsburgh’s events are listed at Parks.NY.gov/Events

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