Mills Mansion Dining Room


In 2018, the Friends of Mills applied for and were awarded a $48,000 grant from New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program for “Keeping Up Appearances: Maintaining the Opulence of Staatsburgh’s Grand Formal Dining Room.”

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Peeling Paint

The Bureau of Historic Site’s textile conservator selected Kravet/Lee Jofa to create the custom fabric for all dining room draperies. The fabric has been completed and sent to the Bureau of Historic Sites seamstresses at Peebles Island who have started the drapery construction. Decorative trim and tie backs have been selected and will be manufactured by Samuel & Sons.

Concurrent with replacing the draperies, the flat, peeling part of the dining room ceiling will be painted. The Friends recently completed a bidding process and awarded the project to a local painter experienced in the requirements of painting historic homes.

The drapery and ceiling projects are expected to be complete by Fall 2019.

Click through the gallery below to follow the progress of our dining room restoration project.


Staatsburgh is an unforgettable classroom where students explore the world of 100 years ago. Depending on their grade level, they may learn about the lifestyles of Gilded Age millionaires and servants, about immigration and industrialization, or how the estate functioned as an independent community. The Friends partners with the Staatsburgh State Historic Site team to fund the development of new programs and exhibits.

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For more details on current programs:

Visit the Staatsburgh Education topic

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“My favorite room is the dining room because it is the wow factor of the house. The big event when people visited here was dinner. This was, if you notice, the most elaborate room in the house. This is where Mrs. Mills got to show off.”