The New York Power Authority will host a traditional Country Fair this Saturday, June 15, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of historic Lansing Manor.
Located on the grounds of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, Lansing Manor is one of Schoharie’s County’s oldest residences and has been operated by NYPA as an admission-free museum for more than 40 years.
Saturday’s event runs from 10am-3pm.
The festivities will include demonstrations by historic craft and tradesmen, including a blacksmith, tinsmith, basket weaver, broom maker, chair caner and medicinal herbalist.
Visitors will be able to learn what life was life 200 years ago from some of the era’s “celebrities”-- Abraham Lincoln (author and re-enactor Peter Lindemann) and Mark Twain (re-enactor Don Coons).
Bring a picnic or buy a picnic lunch offered for sale by local charity organizations.
NYPA will serve free popcorn and lemonade.
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Revolutionary-era patriot John Ten Eyck Lansing, Jr. built Lansing Manor in 1819 as a wedding gift for his daughter, Frances, and her husband, Jacob Livingston Sutherland.
Mr. Lansing was a member of the Anglo/Dutch aristocracy that played a prominent role in the development of New York and served as a military aide during the Revolutionary War, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and chancellor of New York State.
Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings and antiques from the first half of the 19th century.
It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places, contains 10 large rooms on two floors, plus a below-ground kitchen and other utility rooms and is a classic example of Federal period architecture.
NYPA acquired the property in 1971 as part of its development of the nearby Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.
Lansing Manor was fully restored by NYPA in 1977 to reflect the lifestyles of the people who lived in the house during its first 50 years.
The Power Authority completed a second renovation of the building in 2002 to improve historical accuracy and ensure the building maintains its structural and historical integrity.
This year will mark Lansing Manor’s 42nd season as a museum.
It’s open daily from May-October for guided tours from 10am-5pm, but is closed Tuesdays.
Admission to the Manor, Visitors Center, and events, is always free.
For more information and a complete calendar of events, call 1(800) 724-0309 or go to www.nypa.gov.