Philipse Manor Hall, Yonkers

#9 of 15 in Museums in Westchester County
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
For nearly one hundred years the Philipse family lived in luxury, well supported by their business endeavors and rents from the many tenant farms on their property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against King George III and Great Britain, Frederick Philipse III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were strong enough that General George Washington himself ordered Frederick arrested in 1776. Originally under house arrest, Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and finally on to England, where the last "Lord of the Manor," broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His vast lands and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction.

Today, Philipse Manor Hall sits next to the recently daylighted Saw Mill River in Van der Donck Park, and serves as a museum of history, art and architecture, as well as host to community organizations, meetings, educational programs, a community art gallery and many special, community oriented events. Historical highlights of the Hall include its 18th century, high style Georgian architecture, a rare 1750s papier-mâché Rococo ceiling, and one of the only presidential portrait collections in existence, including six Presidents from New York State.
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  • Charming oldest home in the heart of Yonkers Historical District. Lots of art and music events going on in this museum. Worth to visit with kids and family. Also beautiful park right across the...  more »
  • For anyone interested in Westchester history, this is a must-see. Set among the urban center of Yonkers, this house dates back to the 1600s and the beginnings of Yonkers. Though surrounded by buildings, you can see glimpses of the Palisades and imagine the much bigger waterway that used to come almost to the front of the house. It's a very impressive house for the time period, though mostly empty now, and walking through it you get a sense of the lifestyle of the very wealthy Loyalist family that owned it and much of Westchester up until the Revolutionary War.
  • Simple historical house. Oldest in Yonkers. Laid back, self tour, half hour. Down the street from awful DMV. Cool old fireplaces with mysterious backplate that looks like guy being attacked by birds

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