Who We Are

Mission & History

Friends of Philipse Manor Hall

The Friends of Philipse Manor Hall was incorporated in 1996 for the support and enhancement of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site in Yonkers, NY.  We strive to provide free and inexpensive activities aimed at fostering public interest in and support for the Manor Hall, encouraging visitation, and promoting the site. In addition, the FPMH provides funds and volunteers for events organized by the PMH site manager and staff. 

The FPMH has completed two major conservation projects and hosts a wide array of events:

  • In 2000, the original 1750’s papier-mâché Rococo ceiling was restored as an official “Save America’s Treasures” project.
  • In 2002, cleaning and restoration of the 46 ft tall, granite and cast-bronze Sailors and Soldiers Monument in front of the manor hall was completed.  Unveiled in 1891, the monument honors the citizens of Yonkers who fought in the Civil War.  
  • Past events have included music and lecture series, after school arts programs, holiday programs and guided tours, book signings, flower festivals, and historic recreations and demonstrations. In 2008, the FPMH celebrated the 250th wedding anniversary of Mary Philipse and Roger Morris by staging a re-enactment of the wedding, complete with period costumes, decorations, and music. 
  • With the staff at PMH, the Friends hosts a number of ongoing programs include guided tours of the museum, rotating exhibits in the community art gallery, family movie nights, Saturday Yoga, colonial games days, and Jazz at the Manor.  Annual celebrations include Riverfest, St. Nicolas' Day, Presidents' Day, and Colonial History Week.     

 

Philipse Manor Hall

Philipse Manor Hall is one of the oldest historic sites in the United States. The manor house was built in the 1600’s by Frederick Philipse I, a Dutchman who amassed a fortune and eventually became lord of a 52,500-acre estate. The house passed to several owners, undergoing additions and changes, and in 1868 was used as the first city hall for the City of Yonkers. Since 1911, Philipse Manor Hall has been open as a museum of art and history and is home to the Cochran Collection of American portraiture. It is located in downtown Yonkers, an area that is undergoing enormous change, including restoration of turn-of-the century store fronts, and the uncovering of the Saw Mill River across the street from the manor hall. In recent years, the hall has concentrated in the areas of education and curriculum development, establishing valuable partnerships with the Yonkers Board of Education and other community groups. We offer self-guided house tours, public programming, and educational opportunities. We are open to the public and available for research queries. Come visit soon!

Open Hours

April-October: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm, except holidays.
November-March: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, except holidays.

Fees and Rates

Admission:  Adults $5
Seniors/Student: $3
Members of Friends of PMH and children under 12:m:  Free

Admission to the Community Gallery on the 1st floor is Free.

School and group visits are by appointment only. Please call the site at 914.965.4027 for more information.

Group tours: Year-round, by appointment.
Special Events: Various concerts, benefit events, lectures, living history demos, story-time.

For more information regarding educational programs visit: http://www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/education.aspx

Contact Information:
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 965-4027

Directions:
Philipse Manor Hall is located at the corner of Warburton and Dock in downtown Yonkers, just a few blocks up from the Yonkers Railroad Station and the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

Our address for GPS is 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, New York, 10701.