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Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Year-round

(Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holiday)

The experience

For nearly one hundred years the Philipse family lived in luxury, well supported by their business endeavors and rents from the many tenant farms on their property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against King George III and Great Britain, Frederick Philipse III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were strong enough that General George Washington himself ordered Frederick arrested in 1776. Originally under house arrest, Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and finally on to England, where the last "Lord of the Manor," broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His vast lands and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction.

Today, Philipse Manor Hall sits next to the recently day lighted Saw Mill River in Van der Donck Park, and serves as a museum of history, art and architecture, as well as host to community organizations, meetings, educational programs, a community art gallery and many special events. Historical highlights of the Hall include its 18th century, high style Georgian architecture, a rare 1750s papier-mâché Rococo ceiling, and one of the only presidential portrait collections in existence, including six Presidents from New York State.

Self-Guided tours available year-round. Hours: April through October, noon to 5 p.m.; November through March, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.

Admission: adults $5, seniors and students $3, free admission for children under 12 and members of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall.

Current Museum Exhibit on display: Slavery: The Great and Foul Stain

For more information: http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/details.aspx

Find us on Facebook: PhilipseManorHallSHS

Getting there

Take the Hudson Line to Yonkers Station. From there it's a short walk (3 blocks) to the Manor at the top of Van der Donck Park. The Manor is located at 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701 (914) 965-4027.

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