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North Blenheim in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Manor House
 
Manor House Marker - North Blenheim, NY Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
1. Manor House Marker - North Blenheim, NY
 
Inscription.
———
Manor House
Built by John Lansing
about 1800. Justice of
N.Y. Supreme Court, 1790-1801;
Chancellor 1801-14. Owner
part of Blenheim Patent.

 
Erected 1936 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 26.925′ N, 74° 28.079′ W. Marker is in North Blenheim, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on New York Route 30, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Blenheim NY 12131, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Blenheim Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Blenheim Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Captain Jacob Hager (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gilboa Settlement (approx. 4 miles away); Indian Trail (approx. 6 miles away); Site of Battle (approx. 6.4 miles away); Parker 13-Sided Barn (approx. 7.3 miles away); Mount Utsayantha (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in North Blenheim.
 
Regarding Manor House. Lansing Manor was built in 1819 by John Lansing, who was quite wealthy. He owned a large estate at Lansingburg and had a lucrative law practice. He was a major figure
 
Manor House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
2. Manor House Marker
The Lansing Manor House marker is posted at the side of Route 30 beside the driveway which leads to the New York State Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. The roof and multiple chimneys of the Lansing Manor house can be seen in the distance.
 
in government serving on the New York Assembly 1780-88, Albany's mayor between 1786-1790 and eleven years on the supreme court of New York. As a member of the New York ratifying convention, Lansing adamantly opposed the Constitution stating that the kind of government recommended by the convention could not "afford that security to equal and permanent liberty which we wished to make an invariable object of our pursuit." Lansing's death was most mysterious, while on a visit to New York City in 1829, he left his hotel to post some letters but never returned. No trace of him was ever found, so it was supposed that he had been murdered.

Lansing never lived in the manor. He built it for his daughter, Frances, and her husband, the Honorable Jacob Sutherland. The manor reflects the well to do lifestyle of Anglo-Dutch landowners. The Sutherlands owned the manor estate until 1836. Essentially, only four families occupied the Lansing Manor in its one hundred fifty-three years as a private residence. Dr. David Rosseter and his wife, Sarah, enjoyed the estate from 1849 through 1861 when they sold it to E.Y. Spring. Beech Wood Farm, as it was named by the spring family, became a successful farm and dairy operation. In 1911, they sold the estate to Luther Mattice. Sixty-one years later, in 1972 the Mattice heirs sold the farm to the New York Power Authority.

The house is a
 
Lansing Manor House Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
3. Lansing Manor House
The Lansing Manor house is operated by the New York Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society and open for tours with guides who can detail all the history of the manor and the surrounding area. A history buff's dream come true, Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century.
 
Federal style brick structure incased in wood siding and has changed little since 1819. At one time, black cherry trees lined the drive were carriages would approach the front, graced by a large fountain. Water was supplied to both the house and the fountain through a series of buried "Pipes" which were cedar logs with a hole bored through the center, allowing water to flow. The logs carried the water from a spring on the opposite hill. The home also had its own well with a winch that hauled up a bucket full of water at a time. Later, in the 1900's, Beech Wood Farm operated its own carbide gas plant for lighting the house and barns. Electricity was not installed until the 1940's.

An interesting story, handed down by the Spring family, is a tale of their Newfoundland dog. A large sized breed, the canine was harnessed to a butter churn and by circling around the barrel to turn the inner paddles would make the family's butter. However, the dog was clever enough to sense when the regular day for the chore approached and would promptly disappear the night before. Since the dog was expected to "pull his weight" on the farm, he was confined the night before to ensure his appearance in the morning.

Beside the house and barns there are a number of other outbuildings clustered around which were important for taking care of the business of farming, including a servant's
 
Lansing Manor House Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
4. Lansing Manor House
This is the back side of the Lansing Manor House.
 
quarters, a laundry building/creamery/land office, a wellhead house, an ice house and a milk house. The19th-century dairy barn has been converted for use as the admission-free Visitors Center of the New York Power Authority owned Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in North Blenheim. The house, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is now operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, Lansing Manor, Mine Kill State Park. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Biography of John Lansing, Jr.; New York Delegate to Constitutional Convention (Did not sign). (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional comments.
1. John Lansing Jr. Cenotaph
Mr. Lansing (mysteriously disappeared on 12 Dec 1829) is reported to be memorialized with a cenotaph in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, NY. Despite numerous web attributions to the cenotaph, it could not be located on our last visit—even with the assistance of very helpful cemetery office personnel. Anyone with a photograph of the memorial is encouraged to add it to this page.
    — Submitted November 5, 2011, by Wayne Wilson of Fairfax, Virginia.
 
Lansing Manor House On National Register Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
5. Lansing Manor House On National Register
The Lansing Manor House was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 25, 1973
 
 
National Register Plaque Location on Manor House Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 27, 2008
6. National Register Plaque Location on Manor House
The National Register Plaque is located on the side of the manor house which faces the barn/visitor center, on the foundation between the basement window and the shrub in the photo above.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,826 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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