One of America’s oldest and largest barn structures in the northeastern United States is located at Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle resort in New Paltz, New York. The Mohonk Barn Museum is steeped in a rich and colorful history—one that has been preserved by generations and kept in pristine condition with antiques dating back to the 1800s.
The Barn Museum represents quintessential Americana – with horse-drawn buggies, a Victorian-era post office, a two-horse treadmill, a 1923 Fordson Tractor and more – all offering a glimpse of a typical day at Mohonk Mountain House. Of note, some of the equipment still works today and the Barn Museum curator, Jim Clark, provides demonstrations to visiting guests illustrating the use of classic blacksmithing and rustic carpentry techniques. In addition to the museum, the resort itself is a National Historic Landmark.
The Barn Museum is open to day visitors (the day fee is $25 per person and includes access to 85 miles of hiking trails, museum, and grounds). Visitors of all ages and interests will find opportunities to immerse themselves in the unique history of this remarkable family-owned resort and Historic Hotel of America , founded in 1869.
Visitors will see:
- A two-horse treadmill and a one-dog treadmill used to provide power for various machines.
- A 1923 Fordson Tractor and a 1929 Model A Ford Station Wagon.
- A Victorian-era post office, shoeshine stand, barber chair, and great wool wheel.
- A carbon-arc movie projector, early radios, a jobber’s press, Oliver typewriters, an Edison dictating machine, school desks, and the Otis hydraulic passenger elevator used in the Mountain House from 1893 to 1968.
- Antique farming equipment including corn huskers, hay forks and knives, horse-grooming implements, planters, plows, a four-finger cradle scythe, a corn cultivator, a sickle bar mower, a silage cutter, a fanning mill, a corn binder, a flail arm reaper, and a hot air engine. There are also cooper’s tools, ice-harvesting equipment, and stoneworking and logging implements.
And more than fifty 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles including:
- Water Wagon
- Landau Sleigh
- Surreys (two- to five-seaters)
- Doctor Buggies with hoods
- Late 18th-century Dutch Team Sleigh
- Wicker Phaeton with parasol
- Glass Panel Rockaway Omnibus Cabriolet with side doors
- Gentleman’s Park Brake
Barn Museum Hours
Mid-April to late May: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Late-May to mid-October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mid-October to late November: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
December to mid-April: Saturday-Sunday, plus holiday periods, hours vary
View our Barn Museum brochure
For additional information, please call 845.256.2447.