Description - A combination of European grandeur and American heritage makes Mills Mansion a quintessential American Renaissance building. The mansion has been restored to its turn-of-the-century fashion when financial and industrial leaders formulated the Gilded Age. Tours of the 1896 site include 65 rooms, 14 bathrooms, a lavishly decorated interior with fabulous 17th and 18th century French features. The site is open for touring April through October and special dates in December.
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Mills Mansion State Historic Site
- Mills Mansion is an elegant example of the great estates built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age. This period, also known as the American Renaissance, lasted approximately from 1876 to 1917, and was marked by America's rapid economic growth and emergence as a world power.
In 1894, Ogden Mills, & his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, commissioned the prestigious New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White to remodel and enlarge their Staatsburg home. At its completion in 1896, the house was transformed into a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms. The interior was lavishly decorated, mostly in the styles of 17th- and 18th century France. The completed mansion retained many architectural features of the earlier house, which had been Ruth Livingston Mills's childhood home. Pride in family heritage was also demonstrated in the prominent display of portraits of Mrs. Mills's ancestors.
It is this combination of a taste for European grandeur with a reverence for American heritage that makes Mills Mansion a quintessential American Renaissance building. Visitors to Mills Mansion will notice the restoration of the mansion, both inside and out, and its environs to their turn-of-the-century appearance.
Recreation - Mills Mansion offers biking and hiking trails that may be used for cross-country skiing in winter. A gift shop, group tours, picnic area, scenic views and interpretive signs are offered. The gift shop and picnic areas are handicapped accessible. This historic site is open the first week of April to Labor Day, Wednesdays-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. It is also open Labor Day to October 31, Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. The grounds remain open until dusk. Also open special hours in December, call historic site for details. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens and $1.00 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Group reservations requested.
Also located at this location is Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park and Dinsmore Golf Course. Camping, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing and more are offered.
Dinsmore Golf Course is a very scenic 18-hole course (two 9's) offering panoramic views of the Hudson River and majestic Catskill Mountains. It is the second oldest golf course in the country. Yardage is 5,719, par 70. A clubhouse, junior golf program, lounge, practice green, locker rooms, pro shop, restaurant, club rental ($10), power carts ($24 for 18 holes), and showers are offered. The course charges a fee of $18 weekdays and $22 weekends for a round of 18 holes. The fee for 9 holes is $10 weekdays and $12 weekends.
Climate - The historic site has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from above 22 degrees down to 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.
Mills Mansion State Historic Site is located in Staatsburg about midway between Hyde Park and Rhinebeck off US 9. Travel the NYS Thruway (I-87), take the Kingston Exit, Route 199 east to Route 9G south, Route 9 south through Rhinebeck to Staatsburg.