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Lansing Manor Looks Back on Successful Season

Steve Ramsey

November 8, 2006


NORTH BLENHEIM—Figures compiled by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) show that the Lansing Manor Museum continued to be a major attraction in southern Schoharie County during 2006, drawing more than 11,800 people for its season from May 1 through Oct. 31.

The admission-free museum is part of the historic Lansing Manor complex on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  The power project’s visitors center, also admission free, is housed in an adjacent dairy barn.

The museum is located in the Lansing Manor House, a classic example of Federalist period architecture.  The house was built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government before, during and after the American Revolution, as a wedding gift to his daughter Frances and her husband, Jacob Sutherland.  The Sutherlands moved into the house in 1819.

After the Power Authority purchased the site in the early 1970s for construction of the Blenheim-Gilboa project, it restored the Manor House to reflect the lifestyles of its occupants over the years.  NYPA, which operates the house as a museum in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, completed another restoration in 2002.

In 2007, the Power Authority will celebrate the Manor House’s 30th anniversary as a museum.  Several major events are planned for the complex, including a quilt show, an antique show and a vintage baseball game.

The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center, featuring numerous hands-on exhibits on such subjects as the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the power project, is open year-round, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Lansing Manor complex is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and about 50 miles southwest of Albany.        

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