Philipsburg Manor

Wander along a picturesque woodland path and enter the year 1750. 

Philipsburg Manor was a thriving farming, milling, and trading center owned by the Philipses, a family of Anglo-Dutch merchants. They rented land to tenant farmers of diverse European backgrounds and relied on a community of 23 enslaved Africans to operate the complex.

Visit here to participate in hands-on activities of the 18th century and learn the riveting yet little-known story of enslavement in the colonial north.

Step into the working gristmill, where, surrounded by the sound of rushing water and the creaking of wooden gears, you learn about the skills of Caesar, the enslaved African miller. A colonial bateau tied to the wharf reflects the flourishing river trade and the skills of Dimond, an enslaved riverboat pilot.

Tour the 300-year-old manor house. Its dairy, kitchens, bedchambers, warehouse rooms and parlor attest to its significance as a place of work, business, trade, leisure, and repose. Period artifacts and touchable reproductions give you an understanding of the people who lived and worked here.

Visit the activity center and explore the foodways, textile production techniques, and medicinal practices of Philipsburg Manor's inhabitants. Shell some beans, work flax into linen, or produce a tray of ship biscuits. Nearby is the slaves' garden, with vegetables and herbs for consumption, market, and medicinal purposes.

Enter the new world Dutch barn and help thresh some wheat. With its pastoral setting, rich social history, hands-on activities, and demonstrations of colonial life, Philipsburg Manor provides everybody with an unforgettable experience.

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2014 Tours

May 3 to November 9
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY
Also open holiday Mondays: Labor Day and Columbus Day.

No timed tours on event dates: July 5, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Oct. 1-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2

 

Admission by Timed Tours Only

10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm
(Also 11am, 12:30pm, 2, 3:30 on Saturdays & Sundays)
 

Note: Please allow approximately 1:45 minutes for your site experience. 

 

Schools and Groups by Reservation
Available March-December