Description - Clarke created a country estate reminiscent of his childhood in England in the middle of New York State. Seasonal building campaigns took place until Clarke's death in 1835. Hyde Hall was possibly the largest domestic structure built in the United States between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Hyde Hall remained in the Clarke family until 1963, when the house and its acreage were acquired by New York State for the development of Glimmerglass State Park. Visitors are welcome May through October.
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Hyde Hall State Historic Site
- Visitors to Hyde Hall are welcome to explore its nearly 50 rooms, view ongoing restoration work, picnic on the lawn and take in the unspoiled view of Otsego Lake. Commissioned by George Clarke (1768-1835) to be among his showcase of empirical structures, this is possibly the largest building designed and created between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The park is open May through October.
Recreation - Hyde Hall State Historic Site offers bike paths, cross-country ski trails, hiking, picnicking, a gift shop, scenic views, interpretive signage, a visitor center / museum, guided tours and group tours with advance notice. Hyde Hall is open May through October, Friday-Monday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Last tour begins at 4:30. On Tuesdays and Thursdays tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $6.00 adults, $5.00 senior citizens, $4.00 children ages 7-12. Children under 7 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more $4.00 per person.
Climate - The historic site experiences average January temperatures from 18 degrees to above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 inches to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The heaviest precipitation is received in the region's northeast segment.
Hyde Hall rests within Glimmerglass State Park. The park is located on the shores of Otsego Lake off SR 31 south of US 20 in the East Springfield area.