Eileen, Moira, and George W. Saggs, circa 1925Staatsburg, N.Y. (May 3, 2023) — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer two outdoor programs for children and families in May.  Advance reservations are required for the programs.   

May 13 at 1pm, Shaping Staatsburgh: Explore the Language of Architecture

Buildings come in many different sizes and styles, designed for different uses and tastes.  Join site staff for a 1-hour walk around the estate to examine the mansion and other estate buildings while learning the language of architecture and why buildings look the way they do. Appropriate for children ages 9-15; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and can be made at www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS.  The cost is $2 per child, accompanying adults are free; $5 per person for unaccompanied adults. 

May 21 at 1pm,  Interpretive Walk & Craft: A Horse’s Life at Staatsburgh

From spirited thoroughbreds to sturdy work horses and gentle cart ponies, Staatsburgh was an equine world.  Join us for a children’s hike on the grounds of Staatsburgh and learn the many roles that horses played on a Gilded Age estate.  The 30-minute walk concludes with a craft: children will paint a plaster horse to bring home. Reservations are required and can be made at: HorsesLife.Eventbrite.com

The cost is $5 per child, or $12 for family of 3 children, accompanying adults are free; $5/person for unaccompanied adults. 

Attendees may also wish to enjoy a picnic along the river or a tour of Staatsburgh’s Gilded Age mansion.  A separate site admission applies for the mansion tour, but ages 12 and under are free.  Reservations are required to tour the mansion and can be made at www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS)

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

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails, and boat launches, which were visited by a record 79.5 million people in 2022. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter


Photo: Eileen, Moira, and George W. Saggs, circa 1925

Contact: Donald Fraser | Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-8851