Living the Life of the Rich and Less Famous in Staatsburg, NY
It’s not hard to imagine arriving at the Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, NY in a horse-drawn carriage, or socializing on the rolling green grounds in your best bustles and bows, a view of the Hudson River your backdrop. The 1896, 79-room mansion is one of many great estates built along the river during the Gilded Age, and an opulent example of new wealth joining old. Similar in fortune (but not in fame) to the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, the land-rich Ruth Livingston and money-rich Ogden Mills combined forces and transformed Ruth’s family home into a country estate of overwhelming proportions; prepare to feel dwarfed under the majestically airy 18-foot ceilings and awed by the dining room’s green Italian marble walls. Yes, walls. Don’t let the squeaky floorboards drown out the equally astounding wealth of information shared by your tour guide. You’ll leave feeling part of the elite, and very well-educated.