Staatsburg, N.Y. - Staatsburgh State Historic Site, also known as Mills Mansion, will open for the season on Thursday, April 16. Tours will be offered Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 5pm (last tour begins at 4pm), along with a full roster of special programs including the very popular Downton Abbey-themed tour and the Gilded
Age Tea & Talk series. The 79-room mansion overlooking the Hudson River is in the hamlet of Staatsburg, between Hyde Park and Rhinebeck. A time capsule of the Gilded Age, Staatsburgh retains its original furnishings and opulent décor.
For information on upcoming programs, call (845) 889-8851.
Staatsburgh was the autumn home of industrialist and philanthropist Ogden Mills and his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, a prominent figure in New York Society. The mansion was redesigned by the famous architect Stanford White in 1895 and was decorated in the styles of 17th and 18th century
France. In this lavish setting, Ruth Livingston Mills hosted parties for the elite of Gilded Age Society. Guests would typically include people such as her cousin, John Jacob Astor, her neighbors Fredrick and Louise Vanderbilt, and her twin daughters' close friend Alice Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter.
Visitors to Staatsburgh see a remarkable relic of a vanished era. Still decorated with the Millses' antique furniture, oriental carpets and art work, the mansion vividly recalls the atmosphere of the Gilded Age. Visitors learn what it was like to be among Society's elite, to attend one of Ruth Mills' exclusive weekend parties, and to be looked after by an army of servants.
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 www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/25/details.aspx, www.facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion
in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit http://cms.iloveny.com/plugins/blog/www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.
Donald Fraser | Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Interpretive Programs Assistant
Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-8851 ext. 338
Chris Steber | NYS Parks Taconic Region, Public Relations Coordinator
| (845) 889-3880