As with most small historic properties, Friends of Harmony Hall take advantage of the slow winter months to clean and restore the mansion and its collections. We also use this important period of time to revisit our goals and objectives for the coming year. Nevertheless, we are always happy to provide interested visitors with entry to the mansion. If you are a member or visitor, or otherwise curious about the Harmony Hall restoration project, please contact our curator, Geoff Welch, at curator@FriendsOfHarmonyHall.org or telephone him at 845.712.5220. We look forward to seeing you this spring for an exciting new program of events.
We decked the halls for the first time in three years for the return of our signature Victorian Holiday!
Early in the fall of 2013, a restoration contractor hired to restore the roof and front verandah of Harmony Hall discovered significant structural damage to the mansion's 1848 corner posts and foundation sills. Planned restoration work was immediately brought to a halt to allow a structural engineer to complete a full evaluation of the bones of the house and to prepare a plan for vital repairs. These repairs required the Town of Ramapo and its funding partner, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, to abandon plans to restore the front verandah in order to complete repairs that would ensure that the building remains stable for decades to come. This work and the restoration of the main mansion roof was finally completed in May 2015. As a result, FOHH was delighted to once again welcome guests to the mansion to celebrate a Victorian Holiday on December 6. Our thanks to all of our members and friends who helped with decorations, raffle prizes, entertainment, crafts and goodies. We hope that our guests had as much fun as we did, and wish everyone of them a blessed, safe and memorable holiday season.
We are ghoulishly delighted to announce that Halloween happenings at Harmony Hall SOLD OUT!
A record 50 guests, most in costume, enjoyed the spookier side of Harmony Hall this Halloween, when we welcomed back Hudson Valley historian, author and fabled ghostbuster, Linda Zimmerman, on October 30th.The board would like to thank Linda for another fantastic presentation and to share how much we enjoyed our guests. Thanks to everyone tor their continued support of restoration at Harmony Hall.
Bluegrass Legend Jeff Scroggins rocked the stage at this year's annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival; FOHH thanks sponsors, vendors, visitors and local Boy Scouts for a great day!
Everyone agrees that we couldn't have asked for better weather or a more vibrant event than this year's music than this year's Sixth Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival on the Great Lawn of Harmony Hall. A late Labor Day and the early arrival of Rosh Hashanah pushed this September Sunday staple back to September 20 this year, leaving it to compete with scores of other regional options. Nevertheless, the crowd was bigger than ever and the music exquisite!
For photos and a brief update on this year's festival, click here.
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