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NYPA Completes Successful 30th Anniversary Season at Lansing Manor House

Steve Ramsey

November 7, 2007 


NORTH BLENHEIM—The admission-free Lansing Manor House continued to be a major tourist attraction in southern Schoharie County during 2007, drawing more than 12,000 people during its 30th-anniversary season from May 1 through Oct. 29. 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), which owns the Manor House and operates it as a museum in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, celebrated the anniversary with several major programs that included a Mother’s Day weekend quilt show, an antique auto show, a vintage baseball game and a Victorian tea event. 

Built in 1819, the house is part of the historic Lansing Manor complex of educational and recreational facilities on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. The Power Authority purchased the Manor site in 1971 as part of construction of the Blenheim-Gilboa project and restored the house to reflect the lifestyles of its occupants over the years. The power project’s visitors center, also admission-free, is housed in an adjacent renovated dairy barn. 

“We’re delighted to have been the venue for so many successful community events over the past year,” said Roger B. Kelley, NYPA’s president and chief executive officer.  “Lansing Manor is a major attraction in its own right and should be on every tourist’s itinerary when visiting New York’s Schoharie Valley.” 

The Lansing Manor House is a classic example of Federalist period architecture. The house was built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., an important figure in New York State politics and government during the time of the American Revolution, as a wedding gift to his daughter Frances and her husband, Jacob Sutherland. 

NYPA plans to play host next year to a Revolutionary War battle re-enactment at Lansing Manor. A quilt show weekend, an antique auto show and a Victorian tea event will again be on the schedule. 

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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