The mission of the Friends of Mills Mansion is to support and promote the preservation, improvement, and interpretation of Staatsburgh, thereby ensuring the relevance of the historic site for future generations.
The Friends of Mills Mansion are committed to educating underserved school districts within the surrounding community via tours and lectures at the Mansion.
Friends of Mills Mansion work closely with the state site management to prioritize and select which rooms to focus our efforts.
In general, the state maintains the physical part or the infrastructure of the house. The operations, the walls, the floors and ceilings…the “hard” stuff. The FOMM have been instrumental in the “soft” restoration. The fabrics.
These Gilded Age houses were richly decorated with silk fabric which of course over time have deteriorated and are very fragile and tattered. To be restored, the fabric needs to be historically accurate and if possible an exact replica of the weave, pattern, weight and color. The first step is to find a manufacturer of the fabric itself. Once completed, the fabric goes to the Bureau of Historic Sites Conservation Center at Peebles Island to be sewn together.
The Friends have been proud to fund the restoration of all the bedrooms – the Passage rooms, Mr. Mills’ bedroom and especially Mrs. Mills’ raspberry silk bedroom.
In 2017, the Main Hall draperies, sofa and club chair were completed.
Our most current project is the restoration of the elegant Dining Room, the center of the Mills’ entertainment.