21st Century Power Generation and 19th Century Living at Blenheim-Gilboa
The visitor experience at Blenheim-Gilboa is a triple play: The science of electricity and hydropower is on exhibit at the Visitors Center. Right beside it, history is preserved at Lansing Manor, a 19th century home. And it’s all surrounded by trails, boating, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
The Visitors Center
Housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center exhibits demonstrate how our power is made and how pumped storage is important to reliable electricity in New York State.
On site at the Visitors Center is Lansing Manor, an early American country estate filled with authentic furnishings from the 19th century. John Lansing, who represented New York as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the state's Ratification Convention in 1788, had the house built for his daughter and son-in-law in 1819. Lansing Manor, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is now operated by NYPA in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.
Mine Kill State Park
Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is Mine Kill Falls. Altogether, Mine Kill State Park 6.5 miles of trails, including a 3.5-mile section of the Long Path, a 347-mile trail that runs north from New York City to Thacher State Park in Albany County and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.
The park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the park’s 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts soccer leagues and camps on its regulation sized athletic fields. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
A visit to Blenheim-Gilboa