Kitchen Restoration Update – Jan 2018

The first step in restoring the brick kitchen is removing the heavily damaged late nineteenth century brick floor.  We are investigating what lies beneath before rebuilding the flooring.



Pickaxes and sledge hammers.


Much work to be done.



Not yet ready…for prime time or for laundry!


Lightweight building materials…note the chisel marks on the bottom of the stone sink.


It’s very cold!  And the work must go on…








Season’s Greetings

The staff at Hyde Hall wishes you a

Season's Greetings 2017



Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who
have made our progress and success
possible. In this spirit, we sincerely say
thank YOU for your support! Best wishes to
you and yours for the holiday season – and
Happy New Year!


Jonathan Maney, Larry Smith,
Susan Monroe, John Bower,
and Randy Lamb

Entrance Hall Lantern

Dating to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, this fabulous Argand hall lantern was restored and finally installed in May, 2017 by machinist Joel Paradis of Westmoreland, New York. Joel fabricated the missing center fixture and patinated the frame with highlights to match as was done in the period. With the addition of this over-sized lantern, which is perfect for the generous proportions of the Entrance Hall, the mansion now boasts a variety of functioning period lighting devices that will be used for evening tours and demonstrations.

The lantern is a gift from Douglas R. Kent, who made funds available to support its purchase and full restoration. The lantern’s name is derived from Aime Argand, a Swiss-French chemist who devised a center draft burner in 1783 that represented the first major technological innovation in improved lighting since the time of the Romans. Although not original to Hyde Hall, it is an important early light fixture typical of the oversized lanterns often found in the halls of English and American mansions.

We thank Doug and all our donors who have made it possible for us to add to our collection of furnishings and working period lighting.

Hyde Hall 2017 Annual Appeal





December 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Your generous support makes all of this possible at Hyde Hall:

  • Easter Egg Hunt. More than 600 children and their families flock to Hyde Hall for this free, yearly event.
  • The Celebrate Mom Garden Party. Moms and their families enjoy a free afternoon of tea, tours, cakes, and other refreshments.
  • Music in the Drawing Room. We host two sell-out concerts in this intimate and beautiful setting. These events are held in collaboration with the Glimmerglass Festival and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.
  • A Civil War Reenactment. Hyde Hall is the perfect site for this free program with demonstrations and music staged by a local group of historical reenactors. We want to do many more of these events!
  • Hyde and Shriek! Each fall over 600 guests enjoy our October candlelight storytelling tours. We are planning for additional dramatic and ever-changing ways to bring to life the 200-year history of Hyde Hall.
  • Great House Tours. Our talented staff interprets and explores the rich cultural history of Central New York on a daily basis for visitors from all over the country.
  • Free meeting and picnic space. In 2018, Hyde Hall will host many historical societies and clubs in our area, and we plan to invite many more in the coming years.
  • A gallery, exhibit, and outdoor showplace. We plan to open newly restored out- buildings and picnic areas for use as exhibit spaces, outdoor concerts, and events like the Morgan car show, among many others.


None of this could happen without you. Thank you for helping us to make Hyde Hall a great destination for those who love history, music, art, and the amazing natural beauty of our region. Thank you for helping to keep much of what we now offer free and open to the public. Above all, thank you for bringing Hyde Hall to life.

Please make your gift now to ensure that Hyde Hall continues to be a wonderful place!

All the best,

Jonathan Maney, Executive Director  and  Gilbert T. Vincent, Board Chair

P.S. We do hope that you will consider a December donation as a holiday gift to Hyde Hall. If a donation in January is a better fit for you, however, we can accept gifts to this year’s annual appeal through January 31. Thank you!

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