Lansing Manor opens for season on May 2
North Blenheim — The historic Lansing Manor, part of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, will reopen for the summer tourism season on Wednesday, May 2.
This year marks the Manor House’s 34th year as an admission-free historic house museum. Operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century and has been described as a history buff’s “dream come true.”
Built by Revolutionary-era patriot John Ten Eyck Lansing Jr. in 1819, the house was a wedding gift to his daughter and son-in law, Frances and Jacob Livingston Sutherland. The Power Authority acquired the property in 1971 as part of its development of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The Manor House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was fully restored by NYPA in 1977 to reflect the lifestyles of the people who lived in the house during its first 50 years. The Power Authority renovated the restored Manor House again in 2002.
Several admission-free events are planned for the Lansing Manor House this season, including Victorian Teas on May 19 and August 4, and the Annual Quilt Show on June 2 and 3.
Lansing Manor is open May through October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday. It is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, visit nypa.gov/vc/blengil.htm.