If you are new to Pelham, or even if your family's been here for generations, an autumn visit to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
is an amazing Pelham experience.
This weekend is NY Open House Historic House Trust Weekend
. Explore the mansion, grounds and gardens. Free events are scheduled on Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
The mansion is on Shore Road (also known as Pelham Road). Take Pelhamdale Avenue towards the Long Island Sound and when Pelhamdale ends, turn right and head south. On your left you will pass the Travers Island facility of The New York Athletic Club and Pelham Manor's Shore Park. Bike or drive along Shore Road through the park about 3/4 mile. When you see the Golf Courses on your right, slow down. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is on your left. Turn into the gates, drive through the forest and park.
I've always felt a visit to the mansion, gardens and grounds is time travel. History, opulence and elegance osmose your soul. The natural beauty of the forest and shoreline and the sounds of silence, birds and wildlife are uplifting.
On the grounds is the Siwanoy Oak Tree, where European colonists, by treaty, formalized their domination of the indigenous people. Destruction of their culture and civilization followed. Having been taught since kindergarten that the settlers did the right thing, we seldom reflect upon the impact of some of our ancestors' acts: White people conquered the Native Americans and did it with the zeal of a crusade.
This weekend enjoy the past and present before the future takes us home.
Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13, 12–4 p.m.
Historic House Trust Festival &
Come explore the splendor of this 19th
-century mansion and learn about the lives of past inhabitants. Free guided tours by costumed docents, 12–
4p.m. Tours start at quarter past the hour.
Saturday, October 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
High Time for Low Tea
Enjoy a true Victorian low tea in the mansion’s Orangerie served by docents in period dress. Learn about low versus high tea, tea history, and etiquette, all while delighting in delicious, traditional teatime treats. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Registration required. Cost $20 per person, members $15
Sunday, October 13, 4:30– 6:00 p.m.
Ninety Years of Fashion History, 1890–1980
Join us for the inside scoop on what the fashionable wore from 1890 to 1980 by Bard Graduate Center scholar Sarah Pickman. Sarah’s focus on fashion history and anthropology, her work in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her penchant for vintage clothing, all contribute to a fun and fascinating look at a period of radical change in fashion. Registration requested. Free
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