Last updated: 8/7/2015
Beacon, New York
Street Address
145 Sterling Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Mailing Address
145 Sterling Street
Beacon, NY 12508
phone: 845-831-8172
e-mail: info@mountgulian.org
web: www.mountgulian.org/
Hours
Sunday, Wednesday - Friday11 AM - 4 PM
Closed to the public in winter but call for special tours if in the area.
Admissions
Please see website, www.mountgulian.org
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Elaine Hayes, Executive Director
phone: 845-831-8172
Description

Mount Gulian is a designated National Historic Site in the Hudson Valley of NY. It includes a restored fieldstone homestead colonial-era museum building, a historic "Dutch" barn, a heritage English garden, and 40 acres of open space, woods and a great view of the Hudson River.

Mission

Mount Gulian is operated by the private Mount Gulian Society, made up of members of the public and descendants of the Verplanck family, original Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam and the Hudson Valley. The site is a museum, an educational & active cultural facility for students, the public and special events.

History

The site, in Beacon NY, was inhabited by Lenape Indians in pre-contact times and was sold to a Verplanck and his partners in the 1680's. The original homestead was built around 1730. It was used as the Revolutionary War HQ for Patriot General Von Steuben, and was the birthplace of The Society of the Cincinnati, America's first veterans'fraternal organization and lobby to Congress.

Many prominent New Yorkers lived there including two Congressmen, Daniel and Gulian Verplanck, and other prominent people. James F Brown, a freed black lived and worked at the site and kept a 40 year journal, now housed at the NY Historical Society. Robert Newlin Verplanck was born there, an officer of the US Colored Troops during the Civil War. Many prominent women Verplancks also lived at the site, occupied until 1931.

Artifact Collections
  • Colonial era
  • Revolutionary War
  • Civil War
  • Educational Programs

    Programming

    The philosophy underlying Mount Gulian's school programs is that children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process and when history is shown to be applicable to their own experience. Children find history fascinating when they can touch it, feel it, smell it and see it - as well as hear about it.

    Mount Gulian's experiential, curriculum-based school programs expand classroom lessons and give students the opportunity to acquire historical knowledge and skills through their use of the museum's extensive collection of primary documents, authentic artifacts and reproductions. The collection includes: tools, maps, costumes, muskets and journals.

    The programs are designed to promote the use of students' critical thinking skills by analyzing and evaluating data, reflecting upon the meaning of statements, and forming judgments about the facts.

    A CHILD'S LIFE IN COLONIAL TIMES PROGRAM:

    Through the use of reproductions, students learn about the life of children in the 18th century. Themes explored include recreation, education, family life, responsibilities, clothing, and manners. This program demonstrates the differences and similarities between colonial and today's children. Curriculum is presented in an age appropriate manner.

    THE DUTCH TRADERS & NATIVE AMERICANS PROGRAM

    Designed to acquaint students with the period of settlement in the Hudson Valley, this program focuses on the ways of life of the Lenape Native Americans and the early fur traders, such as Gulian Verplanck. The presentation and activities focus on the economic and historical forces that shaped the region. Students engage in a fur trading simulation by operating trading posts and trading furs for goods.

    A SOLDIER'S LIFE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PROGRAM

    This program focuses on a rare opportunity for students to investigate the life experiences of actual Revolutionary War soldiers as described in their books, letters, and diaries. Students work in teams to investigate several aspects of a soldier's life and then report their discoveries back to the class. The program allows students to explore items that might commonly be found in a soldier's haversack and to assume the role of a soldier by participating in General von Steuben?s drills and marches.

    A HOUSE DIVIDED, THE VERPLANCKS DURING THE CIVIL WAR

    Through the life of Robert Newlin Verplanck, students learn about some of the complex issues of the period. The program, based upon an incredible treasure of letters, firmly places a Verplanck son in Mr. Lincoln's army in a singularly noteworthy situation; that of training and leading African-American troops into battle. Students learn of the contribution of the African-American soldiers and the struggle to help them find their rightful place in the military and in American society. The students actively experience concepts related to the American Civil War experience in historical and present day context.

    Facilities

    HISTORIC BARN

    MUSEUM BUILDING

    OPEN SPACE & GARDENS

    Auditoriums

    Performance Areas

    Governance

    Mount Gulian is operated by the Mount Gulian Society a private, not-for profit organization in NY State

    Publications
  • Intermittent newsletters
  • ADA

    Grounds are accessible by wheelchair, mueum house has 2 steps leading in.

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Museum tours; school programs; weddings; special events. Call for info: 845-831-8172

    Site Rentals: Weddings & Conferences

    If it's a unique venue you're looking for, you’ll find it at Mount Gulian. The restored 1730's home served as a Revolutionary War Headquarters and is a national historic landmark. The comfortable museum rooms in the house are furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques and authentic reproductions. The reception room, which boasts a working fireplace, can accommodate fifty guests for a sit-down dinner, year round. The cozy 1740's Dutch-style barn, with its original wood plank floors and hand-hewn beams can accommodate up to one hundred and fifty guests for a sit down dinner, from May through October.

    Mount Gulian is suited only for the most discriminating couple, looking particularly for an unparalleled venue that will launch their lives together from a park-like, fantasy setting. Event planners will enjoy utilizing our functional and scenic site. If this is the place you have been dreaming about, do contact Mount Gulian Historic Site for an appointment.

    Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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