While every effort is made to adhere to the schedule, it may be necessary to revise the calendar. Call to confirm dates and times (845) 831-8172. In addition to the events listed, Mount Gulian is open for tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from April 14th to October 27th. Tours are given between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, with the last tour at 4 pm. The fee is $8/adults; $6/seniors; $4 youngsters (6-18 years of age). Mount Gulian members are free. Tours for schools and groups are available throughout the year by reservation. Call 845-831-8172.
Children’s Holiday Tea
Friday, December 27th
Noon till 2 pm
Seats fill quickly! RSVP with prepaid reservations by December 18th.
$18 adult $15 child.
This event is made possible with the generous support of Antalek & Moore.
Festive Holiday Candlelight Tours
Sunday December 15th
4pm – 7pm
5pm - Holiday Music and Carols with
The Evergreen Chorus
Free holiday refreshments with our compliments.
Join us for a close-to-home, relaxing time of good cheer,
good food and good company.
$8 adult $6 senior $4 child. Mount Gulian members free.
Underwriting provided by
Revolutionary War Muster Day
Sunday, November 17
1:00 – 4:00 pm
2 pm Revolutionary War Drills
Come and enjoy Mount Gulian as Revolutionary War soldiers. Recruits will take a loyalty oath and be issued wooden muskets and tri-cornered hats. Learn to march as patriot soldiers alongside 1st New York Regiment re-enactors. Complimentary house tours. Bring your cameras!
$10 adult; $8 senior; $7 child (ages 3 - 16)
FREE for veterans and active duty military personnel
Made possible with the generous support of
Voter Suppression vs. States’ Rights
Sunday, November 10
Hear speakers from the League of Women Voters and the New York State Conservative Party present their views about recent efforts to re-regulate voting rights across the nation. A contentious issue, the debate will be moderated and is intended to be civil and educational. Experience democracy in action.
FREE; Light refreshments with our compliments
Made possible with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.
Scary Stories in the Barn
Friday October 25, 2013
Doors open at 5:30
We are “resurrecting” this event due to popular demand! Outrageous, chilling and gripping stories for only the brave. Presented by master storyteller Lorraine Hartin Gelardi. Recommended for children over 5. Performance is in the barn, so dress warmly.
Refreshments and face painting available.
$8 adults; $6 children. Seats fill quickly.
Verplanck Family Reunion
Saturday, September 28
10 am – 5 pm
Verplanck family members are cordially invited to attend this private event to celebrate the family’s 350 year legacy. The day will include a family “meet & greet”; tours of the house museum and garden; a gourmet lunch; a presentation about Robert Newlin Verplanck - Civil War officer in the U.S. Colored Troops; a second presentation about the family and James F. Brown, escaped slave and master gardener; and afternoon hors d’oeuvres.
Reservations are still being accepted. Please contact the office at
845-831-8172 or email@example.com
(Pictured: Daniel Crommelin Verplanck, painting by John Singleton Copley)
Free Tours for
Dutchess County Residents
Sunday, August 18th
Tours at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Mount Gulian opens its doors, free of charge, for residents of Dutchess County. Tours will be given at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Tours include stories about the Lenape Indians; Verplanck family; Revolutionary War hero, General von Steuben, headquartered at here at the end of the war; the Society of the Cincinnati, our country’s first veterans’ organization formed at Mount Gulian in 1783; and Robert Newlin Verplanck, a Union officer during the Civil War commanding units of the U.S. Colored Troops.
Through the new film “Cultivating Freedom: From Slave to Citizen”, visitors will learn about James F. Brown, escaped slave and Mount Gulian’s master gardener in the 19th century.
Admission for residents not from Dutchess County is $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 children (6-18 years of age). There is no charge for Mount Gulian members.
History and Horticulture in the
Hudson Valley: Lecture and Film
Sunday, June 23
2:00 pm - FREE
Dr. Myra Young Armstead, Professor of History at Bard College, and author of the book, Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America will present new gardening information about Mr. Brown that she has uncovered since her book’s publication.
Born a slave in Maryland in 1793, Brown escaped servitude, made his way north to New York and was introduced to the Verplanck family, the owners of Mount Gulian. The Verplancks became his employers and helped him legally acquire his freedom. Brown lived, worked and recorded his daily life in a remarkable journal, until he died in 1868.
As Mount Gulian’s Master Gardener, Brown was engaged in the art of horticulture, had a close relationship with famed horticulturalist Andrew Jackson Downing, and attended many formal horticultural exhibitions of the day. In her presentation, Professor Armstead will provide an overview of his vast horticultural knowledge, and the gardening practices of the time.
Following her presentation, a new short film produced at the site, “Cultivating Freedom: From Slave to Citizen” will be shown. The film, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, involves two people from Mount Gulian’s past - James F. Brown and Mary Anna Verplanck, his employer and good friend.
Father’s Day Tour: Dads Free
Sunday, June 16
Tour at 2:30; one tour only
Make Fathers’ Day extra special this year with a visit to Mount Gulian. Tour includes historic house, 18th century Dutch barn and restored garden, as well as a new short film about James F. Brown and Maryanna Verplanck.
All fathers may tour the site free of charge. The fee for others is $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 young people (ages 6 thru 18); children under 5 free.
Dinner and Conversation with
Abigail and John Adams
Saturday Evening, June 8
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
History lovers will enjoy a four-course 18th century meal with President and Mrs. Adams, finely portrayed by actors from the American Historical Theatre, Philadelphia. Candlelight dinner in our 18th century Dutch barn. Period music by Julie and James Paradies.
Silent and live auctions. Cocktails on the riverside lawn.
$150 per person. Prepaid reservations by May 24
Mothers’ Day Tours: Moms Free
Sunday, May 12
Tours at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Make Mothers’ Day extra special this year with a visit to Mount Gulian. Tour includes historic house, Dutch barn and restored garden, and a new short film about James F. Brown and Maryanna Verplanck.
All mothers may tour the site free of charge. The fee for others is $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 young people (ages 6 thru 18); children under 5 free.
Children’s Spring Tea
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Noon till 2 pm Snowdate March 28
Make this old tradition your new tradition. Enjoy afternoon tea with young family members and friends. Assorted teas from Harney & Sons, scones, breads, crustless sandwiches, and an assortment of homemade desserts served on fine china. Includes a craft for the children. This is our last tea until December. Reserve soon as seats fill very quickly!
$18 Adult, $15 Child
Prepaid reservations please by March 20th - 845-831-8172
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Mount Gulian Historic Site
145 Sterling Street
Beacon, New York 12508