Hyde Hall

South View from Hyde Hall – Before & After

In preparation of our special events this spring and our tour and events season soon to follow, we have been hard at work on some landscape improvements at Hyde Hall.

In the fall of 2015, we spoke with Rich Sheckells, manager of Glimmerglass State Park about removing dead trees from the lakeshore area.  His crew cut these down in late February and our wonderful groundskeeper, Jenny Trahan, worked hard to trim the locust shoots.  Here are our before and after photos!

Lake Shore area prior to removal of dead trees.
Lake Shore area prior to removal of dead trees.


Shoreline View, late March, following tree removal and clearing of locust shoots.
Shoreline View, late March, following tree removal and clearing of locust shoots.

We thank the Gipson Family of Unadilla for getting the ball rolling on beautifying the grounds here.  We have benefited in so many ways from the generous support of everyone who recognizes Hyde Hall as an extraordinary place!


2016 Easter Egg Hunt a Record Breaker!

The Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Leatherstocking Region Federal Credit Union and hosted by Hyde Hall was held last Saturday.  Mary T Clarke CEO of the Leatherstocking Region Federal Credit Union drew the raffle prizes assisted by Jonathan Maney, Executive Director of Hyde Hall.  Mary T Clarke and her excellent team of volunteers offered may hundreds of treat bags, and balloons to local children and their families.  A record 677 children, parents, and grandchildren flocked to our site.

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2016 Textile History Forum

The 2016 Textile History Forum at Hyde Hall, presented in collaboration with Thistle Hill Weavers, will take place on the weekend from April 29 through May 1st.  Forum sessions include documentation on historic textiles found at Hyde Hall, practical lessons in fiber analysis and recording of information, textile identification, a look at tassels and trims from the 19th century and more!  Full details can be found below.

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Winter at Hyde Hall

winter lakeThe winter landscape of this beautiful estate holds many surprises. With temperatures that have fluctuated throughout the season, the lake has gone from liquid to frozen and back more than a few times.  One of the most interesting moments was when we had ice on the lake followed by a day of milder temperatures with rain—and we watched the water flowing over the surface of the icy under-layers. It is an ever changing view, but always stunning.

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Even though the mansion is closed at present, the preparation for our upcoming season at Hyde Hall continues. During the coldest of our weeks, one very dedicated employee, Genevieve, worked diligently outdoors to remove locust shoots to maintain the appearance of the grounds—in spite of admonitions from her concerned manager. We appreciate her commitment and hard work in helping to keep our grounds in shape all year long!


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In addition to our staff and volunteers, we have had a few other guests this winter as well. During the cold and blustery weeks of February, we were visited by two bald eagles, one adult and one immature. They were seen sitting on a tree branch near the water and captured on film by John Bower, Hyde Hall’s Marketing and Outreach Manager. A few days later, we were visited by a trio of deer, resting together in the morning sunshine. They didn’t seem to mind the cold.


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The winter landscape here has a certain allure—it is peaceful, solemn, and breathtaking, and always a bit different from one day to the next. We will enjoy watching the season slowly begin to transition to spring over these next weeks as we prepare for all the activity that will follow in 2016. We hope you will join us for a visit!

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