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.
Saturday Guided Tours
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.
Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 6-31. 2pm tour. Come learn about the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's, and the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while viewing the festive decorations done by Morsemere Garden Club, and learning about the history of the Manor Hall. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under.
Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, from 2:00-4:00, stop by the Manor to help children create and decorate their own Gingerbread house or cookie! Local businesses will be submitting their own creations, and it's up to you to vote for the winner! The winning business will be announced at the end of the program. All activities for the day are free but supplies are limited and restricted to 1 house per family.
Tuesday, Dec. 20-Saturday, Dec. 24. 7pm each evening. Under the cover of darkness, with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's, while viewing the festive decorations done by Morsemere Garden Club and learning about the history of the Manor Hall. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. Reservation not required but please call ahead to confirm availability.