Hyde Hall is a unique 50-room limestone Regency-style mansion designed by New York’s leading early 19th-century architect, Philip Hooker, for English-born immigrant George Clarke (1768-1835). Built between 1817 and 1835 as the center of Clarke’s extensive agricultural and industrial investments empire, Hyde Hall is now nationally recognized as a distinctive example of early nineteenth century neoclassical domestic architecture. Situated in Glimmerglass, one of the earliest picturesque parks in America, Hyde Hall is a New York State Historical Site and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1982, Hyde Hall was designated as a National Historic Landmark, the only such designation in Otsego County and south-central New York.
Tours at Hyde Hall make available to all ages of the general public the mansion complex, its immediate surroundings, the Tin Top Gatehouse, and artifacts such as furniture, period lighting, silver, ceramics, and documents (Hyde Hall, Inc. is sole owner of its extensive collections, including The George Hyde Clarke Family Papers housed at Cornell University). An active partner with many local organizations, Hyde Hall promotes New York State history and serves as a cultural and social center for the Cooperstown-area community.
The George Hyde Clarke Family Papers
The George Hyde Clarke Family Papers, unsorted
The Clarke Family Business Papers include correspondence, drafts, promissory notes, rent collection accounts, tax documents, legal papers, railroad construction and funding material, insurance policies, hops accounts, farm commodity documents, accounts, bills and receipts, account books, business diaries and checkbooks, and lastly, maps, all of which are associated with eight generations of the Clarke family. Also included are eighteenth and nineteenth century land papers (royal land grants), leases, and releases related to the family’s tenants, bound tax assessment books, bound rent books, pamphlets of notes on various farms and transcribed deeds, and surveys and papers concerning the family’s holdings in New York State and Wisconsin. George Clarke (1768-1835), the Builder of Hyde Hall, business papers prior to 1835 folded each pre-1835 business document into a 1-1/2 inch strip and labeled, dated, and numbered each on the end. Late eighteenth and early nineteenth century leases and deeds appear labeled with patent, farm number, tenant, and date.
The Clarke Family Personal Papers include correspondence between 1850 and 1920, invitations and calling cards; school papers, a scrapbook, photographs, wills, address books, poetry, prescriptions, recipes, and games, as well as papers concerning Mary Gale Clarke's involvement in the Springfield, New York chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Mary Gale labeled and categorized much of family correspondence but the author's name and date.