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Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

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Address
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Latitude 40.9355500514
Longitude -73.899312861499993

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.

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the historic site

  • Beczak Environmental Education Center-exhibits and programs both indoors, outdoors and in the Hudson River!
  • Community Gallery-located on the ground floor, this rotating exhibit of art from the community is free!
  • Philipsburg Manor-another site of Frederick Philipse, this restored Dutch Colonial manor house and grounds features farm animals and a water-powered mill.
  • Sunnyside-19th century romantic landscape estate of Washington Irving (author of Rip Van Winkle, among other others)
  • John Jay Homestead State Historic Site-located 20 miles north of the Manor, home of Founding Father John Jay. 
  • Old Croton Aqueduct-located a few blocks from the Manor.  A hiking, biking, and walking trail that snakes 26 miles from Croton to the Bronx Line.
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve-located 15 miles north, idealized carriage trails created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Access to 55 miles of meandering trails with streams, pastures, ridges, a 22-acre lake and the Hudson River.

 

Hours of Operation

  • April-October:
    Tuesdays through Saturdays (12 pm - 5 pm, last admission 4:30pm)
    Closed holidays.
     
    November-March:
    Tuesday through Saturday (12 pm - 4 pm, last admission 3:30pm)
    Closed holidays.

    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.

  • Group tours: Year-round, by appointment.
  • Special Events: Various concerts, benefit events, lectures, living history demos, storytime.

Fees & Rates

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.

  • Admission
  • Adults $5
    Seniors/Student - $3
    Children under 12, free.
    Please Inquire for group tours and school group rates.
    Group (10+): $3
    Community Gallery-Free admission
  • Educational Programs
  • $2-5/student on-site, depending on the program
    $50/presentation/hr off-site
  • Special Events
  • Vary according to the program. Call site for details.

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.

Sat 07 May
Saturday Guided Tours
Saturday, May 7, 2016 until Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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.

Sat 18 Jun
Path Through History: Saw Mill River Heritage Trail Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

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.

Fri 24 Jun
Movie Under the Stars - "The Good Dinosaur"
Friday, June 24, 2016 08:30 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Stop by the Manor for the beginning of our annual Movie under the Stars movie series, featuring The Good Dinosaur. Ever wonder what would have happened if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, missed? Find out in this instant classic, that shows what life on Earth might have been like, while following a pair of unlikely friends, who have to trust each other to make it back to their homes. This animated take on man meets dinosaur takes place on the west lawn of the Manor and is free of charge! Patrons are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and a blanket to lie on.

Wed 29 Jun
Colonial Games Day
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Don't start your summer plopped down inside! Step away from the TV, turn off that smart phone and stop by Philipse Manor Hall to play like a colonial kid! From bilbo catchers and whirligigs to tops and graces, children can stop by the Manor to learn about, and try out some of the top of the line toys from the 1700's! Activities for the day are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House