STAATSBURG, N.Y. (DATE 06/22/17) — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present “Skull and Bones,” an interactive, nature-based program for families and children on several dates this summer.  “Skull & Bones” offers children ages 6-9 the chance to become detectives.  Children will examine animal skulls to learn the clues that reveal if each animal was a predator or prey animal, and that show if it was an herbivore, a carnivore, or an omnivore.


“Skull and Bones” will be offered at 11a.m. on July 16, July 30, August 6 and August 13.  The cost is $2 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 845-889-8851, extension 336.  Participants will meet at Staatsburgh’s museum shop.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site is open for tours Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm from April through October.  The site reopens for extended holiday hours in late November through the month of December.  Staatsburgh was the home of prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financer Ogden Mills.  The 79-room mansion showcases the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy elite of the early 20th century.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. Staatsburgh is one of six historic sites and fifteen parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information, call 845-889-8851 or visit the websites at

www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/25/details.aspx  and www.facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS

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