On November 28, 1776, the same year that 56 Americans signed the Declaration of Independence, well over 200 colonial New Yorkers placed their signatures on a "Declaration of Dependence." These signers were Loyalists, citizens who remained faithful to their sovereign, George III, King of Great Britain. Prominent among the signatures was that of Frederick Philipse III, Lord of the vast Manor of Philipsburg and resident of the elegant mansion known today as Philipse Manor Hall. Frederick Philipse III and his family lived in luxury, well supported by rents from the many tenant farms on his property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against Great Britain, Frederick III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were so strong that General George Washington ordered him arrested in 1776. Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and then to England, where the last "Lord of the Manor", broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His land and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction.
In 1868, after passing through the hands of many owners, the house became Yonkers Village Hall and, in 1872, the first City Hall. By the 20th century, city growth threatened the Manor Hall's future until it was acquired by New York State in 1908 with the generous help of the Cochran Family of Yonkers. Today, Philipse Manor Hall serves as a museum of history, art and architecture, as well as host to community organizations, meetings, educational programs and special events. Highlights of the Hall include its 18th century, high style Georgian architecture, a 1750s papier mache Rococo ceiling, and an impressive collection of presidential portraits, including the six Presidents from New York State.A Community Gallery has been created at Philipse Manor Hall to display materials which support the Manor Hall's programs and services and relate to the local community. Exhibit policy and application forms are available at the administrative office. Both individuals and organizations are welcome to apply.
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Tuesdays through Saturdays (12 pm - 5 pm, last admission 4:30pm)
Tuesday through Saturday (12 pm - 4 pm, last admission 3:30pm)
Tours are self guided except for educational programs. School and group visits are by appointment only. Please call the site at (914) 965-4027 for more information. Please visit the Education section to learn more.
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site invites your class to learn about the Manor Hall and its place in history!
Please see our education brochure for descriptions of the education programs offered.
Tours are self-guided and can be taken any time during the museum's hours of operation.
Like your tours with a more personal touch? Accompany us on a private museum tour with one of our knowledgeable docents, Saturdays at 12pm between May and September. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for Friends members and for children 12 and under.
Since its founding in the 17th century, Yonkers has been continuously blessed with benefactors who used their personal assets of time, influence, or wealth to make an enduring difference to our city. Join us for an evening of food, wine, and entertainment while we learn more about these "Patron Saints" of Yonkers and honor a member of our own community who exemplifies these traits today. $75 per person; $50 for Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, seniors, and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall web site at philipsemanorfriends.blogspot.com.
Once again, Philipse Manor Hall is proud to host this annual free book giveaway presented in partnership with the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. Children from pre-k to third grade can take home a book of their choice, and have their picture taken with a certain big, red dog!
Free viewing of the animated film in the Manor Hall's Gothic Chamber, courtesy of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall. Families are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on and refreshments to munch on. Film is rated PG.
Follow a prehistoric family as they trek across an unfamiliar land full of new plants and animals. After their cave is destroyed, Grug, his daughter, Eep, and the rest of his caveman family must set out from the only safety they've known to find a new life. Soon after leaving, the Croods come across a new breed of man, Guy, a human who has an entirely different outlook on life. With danger and uncertainty surrounding them, will the Croods stay grounded in their old caveman ways, or will Guy be able to change the family's approach to the world?
As part of the New York State's Path through History Weekend, join the staff of Philipse Manor Hall on this walking tour of downtown Yonkers. Philipse Manor Hall and downtown Yonkers have both shaped and been shaped by the Saw Mill, or Nepperhan, River. Following the river from its mouth at the Hudson to Chicken Island, patrons will learn about the growth of Yonkers from 1682 to the present, and discuss how these changes are connected to larger trends in New York and the United States. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for Friends members and for children 12 and under.