Hyde Hall


Hyde Hall is a perfect venue as a collaborative partner for community musical and theatrical performances.  This year, we partner once again with the Glimmerglass Festival to host a special literary event, Moonshine Revelers and Shades of Night.


The “weird sisters” that set the plot of Macbeth in motion are just a few of the supernatural characters that flit through Shakespeare’s works. The program will include a wide variety of songs and arias introducing some of these fantastical visions, performed by members of the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program.

From ghosts and witches, to oracles and spells, join the performers of Glimmerglass Festival to explore these elements through excerpts from plays and operas, as well as other musical settings of Shakespeare texts.


Saturday, June 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Hyde Hall
Tickets $20/youths $10 (12 and under)
Buy Tickets (through Glimmerglass Festival Box Office)

The Oldest Covered Bridge in New York State

In the early days of roadways, bridges were typically constructed out of wood, which was plentiful, inexpensive and a fitting structural material.  Exposed wooden bridges would deteriorate quickly (10-15 years) from exposure to the elements, so to enable a more durable and long-lasting structure, bridges were built with a cover, in most cases including both a roof and sides.  Most covered bridges have been replaced to accommodate today’s vehicles and modern traffic.  There are only about 1600 original covered bridges remaining in the world today, and one of them was built as part of the Hyde Hall estate – officially the oldest covered bridge in NY.

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Hyde Hall’s covered bridge, built by George Clarke in 1825, is the oldest covered bridge in New York State. It is 53 feet long and one lane wide and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1998. It can be seen on the grounds of Glimmerglass State Park, which borders Hyde Hall and was once part of the great Clarke estate. It crosses Shadow Brook and is for pedestrians only. The bridge form is known as a Burr Arch.

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For more information about covered bridges and where to find them, visit the following websites:

Music Fit for a Hyde Hall Celebration!

One of the highlights from the Celebrate Mom! Garden Party this month was period-style entertainment in the Drawing Room by Angelica Palmer and Friends.  This talented group of singers performed madrigals, a genre of music made famous during the Renaissance.  These lyrical compositions feature a separate part for each voice and are typically performed without additional musical accompaniment.

For more information about madrigals, you can visit this Fun Facts page.  To view recordings from the event, watch the YouTube Videos below – we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Madrigals with Angelica Palmer & Friends

Now Is the Month of Maying
Composer – Thomas Morley (1557 – 1602), Lyricist – Orazio Vecchi
Singers: Kerstin Green, Angelica Palmer, Quinn Bernegger, Wesley Lovell
Performed May 9, 2015 at Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, NY

Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno
Composer – Jacques Arcadelt (1507 – 1568), Lyricist – Marquis Alfonso d’Avalos
Singers: Kerstin Green, Angelica Palmer, Quinn Bernegger, Wesley Lovell
Performed May 9, 2015 at Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, NY

Tin Top Returned to its Former Function as Entryway to Estate

hydehalllogowtextContact: Jonathan Maney, Director, Hyde Hall, (607) 547-5098

Springfield, New York—Hyde Hall’s Tin Top Gatehouse, which originally gave entrance to the extensive, landscaped grounds of the estate and led up to the front of the Mansion, will return to that function beginning May 9th with the grand opening of Hyde Hall’s newly renovated Visitor Center.  Through a generous grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, obtained by Senator James Seward, the two-winged 1820’s structure with its distinctive tin-sheathed cupola has been repurposed to house Hyde Hall’s ticket office, bookstore and exhibit space, as well as a kitchenette and study room for tour staff.

Senator Seward will headline the grand opening at 11am, and join Hyde Hall Board members in cutting the ribbon at 11:30.  He will be joined by  Ruth Pierpont, Deputy Commissioner of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Tours of the structure and the Mansion will follow at 12 Noon.  The event will be accessed via Hyde Hall’s Mill Road entrance to the Tin Top parking area.

Originally located on the main road between Cooperstown and Springfield (now Route 31) Tin Top was moved to its current location inside Glimmerglass State Park in the 1970s to protect it from vandalism.

Immediately following the Tin Top inaugural ceremony, Hyde Hall’s annual Celebrate Mom! Garden Party will kick off the 2015 season of community and cultural events.  Tea and treats will be served in the elegant drawing room of this English-style country mansion, Jill Maney PhD. will present the newly-installed stair carpet woven at Thistle Hill Weavers of Sharon Springs, and Angelica Palmer and Friends will entertain with madrigals from the Renaissance.  The Tin Top Visitor Center will be open throughout the event. The Garden Party, which celebrates mothers of all ages and their families, is free to the public.

Hyde Hall (hydehall.org.mylampsite.com), a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site, was built between 1817 and 1834 as the centerpiece of a 120,000-acre estate inherited by George Clarke, a British-born landowner.  It was inhabited by direct descendants of the Clarke until the 1940s.  It is open for guided tours from May through September, and visitors of all ages will enjoy its beautiful grounds overlooking Otsego Lake and touring its rich collection of furniture, paintings, and decorative arts.  It is located on the grounds of Glimmerglass State Park in Springfield, New York, eight miles north of Cooperstown.

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