The Real Gilded Age costumed guide. Photo by Pierce JohnstonStaatsburg, N.Y. (2/16/24) — With the Season 2 finale of HBO’s TV series, The Gilded Age, last December and the recent Downton Abbey film “A New Era,” Staatsburgh State Historic Site is presenting a special theme tour exploring the real-life characters and themes at Staatsburgh that parallel these popular shows.

Led by a costumed guide, “The REAL Gilded Age” tour will show how servants and the Mills family conducted a busy weekend of high-society entertaining, comparing Staatsburgh to what viewers saw in the popular period dramas. The 90-minute tour will take place on Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11:00 a.m. Reservations for “The REAL Gilded Age” are required and can be made at Admission is $12.00; $10.00 for seniors and students; children 12 and under are free.

Just as viewers saw on The Gilded Age, Staatsburgh’s house parties featured lavish meals and entertainment. A full household staff of uniformed servants catered to every need of the family and their guests. The fictionalized romances of Downton Abbey had their historical counterparts at Staatsburgh: Downton’s American heiress, Cora, married the fictional Earl of Grantham; Staatsburgh’s Beatrice Mills married the actual Earl of Granard.

Visitors to Staatsburgh may also wish to stroll by the Hudson River, follow the site’s self-guided landscape tour, or walk the woodland trails in adjacent Mills and Norrie State Parks. A full list of all Staatsburgh’s programs and events is found on the site’s reservations page:

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 theTaconic 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, ,, and Staatsburgh’s events are also listed at

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