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NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center and Lansing Manor are Close By Attractions for this Memorial Day

Steve Ramsey

May 21, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project admission-free visitors center and Historic Lansing Manor are just a short distance from almost everywhere in the Catskill region. With gas prices hitting record levels, they are a great place to spend the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  

The visitors center, housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, offers interactive exhibits on electricity, technology, history and the environment. Next to the visitors center is the Historic Lansing Manor, an early American country estate built in 1819. Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century.

In addition, there are plenty of outdoor activities in and around the visitors center. NYPA hosts a 1.9-acre wetland adjacent to the visitors center. The area serves as an outdoor classroom to demonstrate the function and benefits of wetlands, including the improved air and water quality they help provide. There is even more to do outdoors with over five miles of hiking trails that connect the grounds of the visitors center to adjacent Mine Kill State Park. 

The visitors center is located about an hour from downtown Albany and is open daily (except some holidays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Lansing Manor is open May 1 through October 31 (closed on Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 1-800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web at

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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