Mount Gulian Calendar of Events 2023

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.


Tobacco Pouch, Mount Gulian Collections
The Lenape People in the Hudson Valley

Saturday, November 4
1:00 pm

Join us for an engaging talk about the local history of the Lenape Native Americans, the first inhabitants of the region. For over 12,000 years, the ancestors of the Lenape culture lived and thrived in Lenapehoking, the land of the Lenape, which included the Hudson Valley. Local tribes such as the Wappinger, Esopus and Tappan encountered Henry Hudson along the Mahicannituck in 1609, changing things dramatically forever.

Harv Hilowitz, Contributing Scholar for the Maritime Museum in Kingston, will focus on Lenape life-ways before the contact period and delve into the Lenape diaspora, and current renaissance and return to the area.

Reservations are preferred but walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows. Light refreshments will be served.
Admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors; $5 children (5-15 years). Mount Gulian members are free; membership is open to the public. To make a reservation call 845-831-8172 or email Payment may be made the day of the event.


This event is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Scary Stories in the Barn

Friday, October 27
6:30 pm, Doors open at 5:30 pm

It’s been ten years since Mount Gulian last opened its historically creaky barn doors to children and their families to hear the delightfully spooky and creepy tales told by master storyteller Lorraine Hartin Gelardi.

Mount Gulian will host this “spirited” fun event on Friday evening October 27. Doors open at 5:30 and the live performance by Ms. Hartin Gelardi will begin at 6:30 PM.

The stories are recommended for children five years of age and older. Guests are urged to dress warmly as our historic barn is not heated. Admission is $15 for adults; $8 for children (ages 5 through 15). For further information call 845-831-8172 or email at

This event is sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.


Antique Red Peony, Mount Gulian Garden
Great Estates Garden Tours

Sunday, August 13
11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Mount Gulian, in cooperation with Dutchess Tourism, invites visitors to explore our garden and unique horticultural history.

Visitors will learn about the garden's origins, evolution, and notable gardeners, including Mary Anna Verplanck, who as a precocious eleven year old, designed the original 1804 garden; James F. Brown, an enslaved man who fled Maryland and worked as Mount Gulian’s master gardener for more than 30 years; and Virginia Eliza Darby Verplanck whose literary contributions include two gardening books, Every Day in My Garden and A Year in My Garden from the early 20th century.  Learn tips, tricks, and techniques from the past that kept fancy English Box Gardens green and glorious.

Today, notable plantings in the garden include antique peonies, roses and yuccas that were returned to Mount Gulian in 1995 by a Verplanck descendant who removed them from the site in the 1960’s. After carefully tending to them for thirty years, she learned of our plans to restore the garden and happily brought them home for our enjoyment.

Admission to this unique tour is: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $6 youngsters (6-18 years). Children under 6 and Mount Gulian members are free.  Membership is open to the public.

Reservations are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted if space allows.  Reservations may be made by calling 845.831.8172 or emailing us at  Payment may be made day of visit.

For further information about The Great Estates Garden Tours and the historic sites participating in this special program see

June through October

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Tour the Historic Home, Dutch Barn and Heritage Garden

June 21 through October 29
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
12 pm  |  1pm  |  2pm

Reservations suggested, Walk-ins accepted

Admission: $10 adults | $8 seniors | $5 youngsters (6-18) | Children under 6 and Mount Gulian members are free.  Membership is open to the public.
Tours for schools, scouts and other groups are available throughout the year by reservation. For further information please call (845) 831-8172, email, or complete our Contact form.


Dinner and Conversation with President James Madison

Saturday, June 3
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This year’s Annual Dinner features President James Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution, portrayed by a finely skilled actor from the American Historical Theatre.  Meet the Father of the Constitution and explore the process by which the enduring government of “We the People…” began.  A conversation with President Madison is an opportunity like no other to understand how our Nation’s founding principles took shape.

Enjoy cocktails on the riverside lawn, a four-course, historically themed dinner served in our 18th century Dutch barn, live and silent auctions.  $175 per person; proceeds support Mount Gulian’s education programs. Prepaid reservations by May 13.  For an invitation, sponsorship information and more details, please contact us at 845-831-8172 or