Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s curator Dr. Maria Reynolds is set to offer a special tour of the site called “A Closer Look: A Curator-Guided Exploration of the Hidden & Hard-to-See,” on Saturday, February 23rd at 1 pm.
The tour will focus on some of the most interesting items in Staatsburgh’s collection. It will include stories about the paintings, furniture, and objects that are hard to see and often unnoticed while touring the house. The tour will also highlight a selection of artifacts from storage that are not usually on display in the mansion. Visitors interested in the behind-the-scenes operation of a historic site can learn about collections care and management.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 889-8851 x 336. The charge for the tour is $10; $8 for seniors and students; children 12 and under are free. “A Closer Look” will be offered again on Saturday, March 23 at 1 pm.
Staatsburgh was the home of prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financier Ogden Mills. The 79-room mansion on the Hudson River showcases the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy elite of the early 20th century. The house was remodeled by the famous architect Stanford White in 1895 and decorated in the styles of 17th and 18th century France.
Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. For more information, call (845) 889-8851, or visit Staatsburgh’s website.
Photo of Staatsburgh curator tour provided.