‘Gilded Age Christ­mas’ re­turns to Staats­burgh

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

STAATS­BURG >> Staats­burgh State His­toric Site will present “A Gilded Age Christ­mas,” fea­tur­ing dec­o­ra­tions and chil­dren’s pro­grams, from late Novem­ber through New Year’s Eve. The dec­o­ra­tions are done in turn-ofthe-cen­tury style, recre­at­ing the at­mos­phere of hol­i­days long ago.

Staats­burgh site was the Gilded Age coun­try home of fi­nancier and phi­lan­thropist Og­den Mills and his wife, Ruth Liv­ingston Mills, a prom­i­nent fig­ure in New York so­ci­ety. The man­sion was re­designed and ex­panded to 79 rooms in 1895 by the ar­chi­tect Stan­ford White.

The Staats­burgh site will open for the hol­i­day sea­son Nov. 25. Tour­ing hours will be Thurs­day through Sun­day from noon to 4 p.m. (last en­try at 3:30 p.m.) through Dec. 31. The site will be closed Christ­mas Eve and Christ­mas Day. Spe­cial evening hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9, with live mu­sic, cos­tumed in­ter­preters and an open gift shop.

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