This year Staatsburgh will take part in the 10th anniversary of the NYS Parks “First Day Hike” tradition, featuring outdoor guided walks on Staatsburgh’s grounds, on Friday, January 1st, at 10 am, noon and 2 pm.
“Staatsburgh in Winter” will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm. The winter months were a unique time for Staatsburgh during the Gilded Age. Attendees will follow staff on a guided walk, completing a scavenger hunt activity along the way, and discussing the winter-time fun from the turn of the century. The Mills family enjoyed several outdoor activities along the Hudson River, from ice boating to sleigh rides, and ringing in New Years at Staatsburgh.
“When Ice Came from the River: Ice Harvesting in the Gilded Age” will be offered at 12 pm. A century ago, the village of Staatsburg was one of the leading sites for ice harvesting in the Hudson Valley. This hike will explore the local history of this once thriving industry through the Mills’ country estate, Staatsburgh. Local businesses, including the Mills family, employed thousands of workers and harvested hundreds of thousands of tons of ice each year.
All three hikes are free, and open to all ages and families. Each will be approximately 45 minutes in length and cover about 1 mile of level terrain. Since these hikes involve interpretive delivery by guides, spots are limited so that all attendees can hear and maintain social distancing.
Reservations are required, and can be completed online. Registrants will receive details on where to meet and cancellation info, should weather be prohibitive.
The Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road 1 in Staatsburg.
Photo of Staatsburgh State Historic Site provided.