...my true love gave to me... Are you already singing it in your head? "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a Christmas carol with a very catchy tune. This popular and enduring carol cumulatively lists increasingly lavish gifts during each verse from a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming. Even though the version we hear today identifies the gift giver as "my true love," some earlier versions of the song instead used "my mother." Many different tunes were also used with the lyrics until the current version became the standard in the early 20th century.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
"The new speed limit signs which were recently placed north and south of the village by Mrs. Ogden Mills do not seem to have any effect on the motorists with their speed."
- Poughkeepsie Courier (July 7, 1918)
No self-respecting 'motor-head' would ever, voluntarily, put speed limit signs outside their house. So, it's safe to say the Mills probably weren't car people. That's not to say they didn't enjoy the status and luxury of the new inventions to sweep the nation during their years at Staatsburgh.
A century ago, the Mills family were known for their successful racehorses. Yet, many people today associate their estate with 'horseless carriages' - cars! Every October, Staatsburgh State Historic Site welcomes hundreds of antique cars to its main lawn.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
This essay is the conclusion to a four part series about Hallowe'en during the time of World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic. The series is written by Carol Kohan who is one of Staatsburgh's wonderful volunteers. Carol has presented enchanting Gilded Age Hallowe’en Tea & Talk programs at Staatsburgh since 2016. In addition, Carol enjoyed a 38-year career with the National Park Service, holding interpretation, curatorial, and management positions including Curator of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, Midwest Regional Curator in Omaha, Superintendent of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa, and Deputy Superintendent of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park. After her retirement from the National Park Service in 2013, Carol served two terms as Historian for the Town of Hyde Park.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
We hope you will enjoy this four-part blog post which continues the story of this spellbinding holiday.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Today, October 13, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ruth Livingston Mills, the long-time matriarch of Staatsburgh, born in 1855. Ruth’s legacy can be found in her descendants, the preservation of her Staatsburgh mansion, and the surrounding park that bears her name. Upon announcing her death, The New York Times reported, “Since the death of Mrs. William Astor no leader of New York society has more nearly approached the position of social arbiter than Mrs. Mills. Her characteristics as a hostess never altered; she did not believe in easily letting down the bars to newcomers or to new methods and manners of entertaining, one critic of her small invitation list during a certain Newport season asserting that she was determined to reduce the ‘400’ to ‘150.’”
A September 12th article in a Pittsburgh newspaper reported that Mrs. Ogden Mills was due to spend the late autumn at Staatsburgh though she was currently in Paris with her daughter, the Countess of Granard. Mr. Mills was on his way to join her. Alas, Mrs. Mills was never again going to welcome guests to her beloved Staatsburgh.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
|Essay author David Bayne|
Thursday, July 2, 2020
|Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England|
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
|A 1975 photograph of the butler's pantry showing the Vichy bottle cabinet.|
Friday, May 8, 2020
As in Parts I and II, this essay will start with acknowledging the primary source for the Tea Talk, the delightful book, Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner, by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley. Featuring sound scholarship, good writing, and beautiful illustrations, the book is a great read.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The primary source for the talk was the delightful book, Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner, by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley. Featuring sound scholarship, good writing, and beautiful illustrations, the book is a great read.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
|Dr. Christopher Brellochs|
Saturday, March 28, 2020
|Winthrop Rutherfurd, circa 1895|
His three best-known loves span different eras of his life, but there were also probably countless others that never became public record. How many women succumbed to the charms of Winthrop Rutherfurd? We may never know....
Friday, February 28, 2020
|Chinese Ming-Style figure, c. early 19th century.|