Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall, Cooperstown: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Hyde Hall Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE WINTER—OFF-SEASON OFFICE HOURS, Monday- Friday 10 AM - 4 PM: Hyde Hall is a 50-room Regency-style neoclassic stone English manor house that was built between 1817 and 1835. Now a museum, Hyde Hall offers a walk into the past with fabulous views of Otsego Lake and the surrounding countryside. Hourly guided tours are available May through October, with tours departing from Tin Top, the Visitors' Center, beginning at 10 am through to 3 pm. CLOSED FOR THE WINTER: IN-SEASON HOURS (MAY 27 THROUGH OCTOBER 31st) 10am-4pm; ADMISSION PRICES: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (62+), Military and Youth (ages 6 – 17); Children (5 & under) free.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Sharon G
Hartford, CT28 contributions
A Delightful Spot to Visit
Jun 2021
Cooperstown's Hyde Hall is perhaps the best-kept secret in Otsego County.

Hyde Hall is a manor house built between 1817 and 1835 by three generations of the Clark family, overlooking Otsego lake, on the grounds of Gallowglass Park.

George Clark, who built the house, inherited the property from his great-grandfather, who'd amassed 120,000 acres in the area. That was the beginning of a fascinating story of three generations, a ne'er-do-well, hard times, interventions of relatives and others to save the property from development, and, finally, a caring and supportive non-profit determined to restore the house to its previous glory.

The drive ends at a remarkable gatehouse, now home to registration, gift shop and restrooms. Parking is easy, as is a walk to the house itself. All rooms are on the first floor, and while I did not note wheelchair issues, one might check to verify that detail.

The 1-hour tour shows a remarkable amount of original furnishings. The docent provides an entertaining and informative story, making it easy to follow from room to room and generation to generation. The house is absolutely stunning. After the tour, visitors find ample picnic space on the grounds (bring your own), making for an overall delightful day's trip. If you've a bit of taste for history, love of old furnishings, enjoy tales of families through the centuries, or just like visiting old buildings, Hyde Hall should be just perfect for you.



Written June 20, 2021
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731cw
Pine Bush, NY7 contributions
A Wonderful visit into the past!
Jun 2021
Our tour was perfect, just the 2 of us ~ felt like we booked a private tour. David our guide was extremely knowledgeable on the Clarke Family, the Mansion, grounds & area history. The Mansion & Lake Views were absolutely Beautiful & Amazing! Larry in the gift shop helped me find wonderful new treasures. The whole experience was worth the visit. They also offer haunted excursions and other private events, check them out on line and do take the time to visit. So easy to get to, hike up the hill from Glimmerglass State Park right to the Mansion or take Mills Road into the parking lot. When done hit the beach to relax & enjoy! Other places we loved in Cooperstown The Otesaga Hawkeye Grill, check out the lake view from the opposite end while dining on the patio. Stagecoach Coffee for a bite & of course delicious coffee! And don't forget the famous Ommegang Brewery, they have live music on selected nights. All are worth the visit ~ Enjoy!
Written June 18, 2021
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tabhauser
Long Island642 contributions
A must see place if you are into mansions or old mansions
Oct 2020
Hyde Hall is a national historic landmarked mansion completed in 1834 located nine miles north of Cooperstown.

This is a stone Palladian-style structure with 50 rooms having 60% of its original furniture. It is said to be the largest home built in the United States between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Before leaving the park, take a walk across America’s oldest documented covered bridge.
Written December 3, 2020
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Carrie W
Rome, NY56 contributions
A great piece of history on the shores of Otsego Lake
Oct 2020
What a wonderful discovery! On our past trips to Cooperstown, we didn't know about Hyde Hall. Because of COVID, we were the only people in our tour which made it extra special -- a private tour! The last day too (October 31) The guide was extremely personable, knowledgeable and shared his knowledge without it being a monologue or "preachy." Hyde Hall is not yet fully restored, and to us, that made it seem more "real." It's not picture-perfect. It was interesting to learn about the Clarke family and to see their home; the location is very beautiful. Also, we met George, the beautiful cat. The little gift shop was interesting to look through, and I was ecstatic to find a big pile of Country Life magazines for sale. A great way to spend an afternoon. We hope that the renovation to this beautiful home continues in the years to come. Be sure to dress warmly if you go in the fall because the house was a bit chilly.
Written November 6, 2020
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Cecile W
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Hyde Hall - must see
Oct 2020 • Friends
Highly recommend touring Hyde Hall when you visit Cooperstown. It has a rich history from the early 1800s through the present day. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on Hyde Hall history and took time to answer our questions.
Written October 3, 2020
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Lovetotravelitaly2
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Jane Austen
Sep 2020
A wonderful house from the 1800's in the style of an English country house. Fine furnishing and textiles. Currently undergoing historic restoration, you can see the work in progress.
Written September 24, 2020
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EMA595
Willow Street, PA26 contributions
It is worth a return visit
Sep 2020
Like many house museums, Hyde Hall is a work in progress. I visited several years ago and was very impressed to the improvements. David obviously loves the house and eagerly shares his knowledge. If you haven’t visited, it is worth the trip. If you haven’t been there in awhile , it is worth a return visit.
Written September 12, 2020
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susanwinetasting
Putnam, CT351 contributions
You'll Appreciate this Glorious Home
Jul 2020
I love touring historic homes and this one is among the tops of my favorites list. Our 50 minute tour lasted considerably longer. We and the other couple on the tour were very interested and asked many questions. Our guide took time to answer and tailored the tour to best suit us. Some of the rooms are completely furnished while others are still very much in the restoration phase. You will be able to see what has been done and is being done to bring this glorious home back to it's former state. At this time reservations are required to tour but it is well worth a phone call. We were arriving in the area earlier than expected and were able to change our time easily. There is parking near the entry with restrooms, a small gift shop and museum. There is also access via hiking trails from the park. As I am mobility impaired I was offered a ride to the mansion from the parking lot in a golf cart. It was much appreciated. The price to enter is reasonable. You'll be glad visited.
Written September 10, 2020
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Lucky
Hastings on Hudson, NY1 contribution
Great
Aug 2020
Most interesting manor house in the English style of architecture and the view of the lake from the porch is mesmerizing. Wonderfully restored. The house is an incredible window on how a wealthy family lived for almost a century and a half. Also I had a very good tour guide I might mention.
Written August 19, 2020
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Anne F
2 contributions
Don't miss Hyde Hall!!!
Aug 2020
What an amazing place!!! The house is beyond incredible. So much of the Clarke family's furniture and paintings are in the home. A lot of restoration has been done and it is wonderful. The main parlor and the main dining rooms are jaw dropping! The views from the oldest part of the house is wonderful. This is a must see place! Our tour guide was fabulous!!
Written August 2, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM