Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.

May 25

2018

4th Friday Celebration 

Join us at the Best House from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for  pony rides, a petting zoo and an ice cream social.

Free

Donations Appreciated 

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Jun 2

2018

Herbs that Delighted the Victorians

Join author and herbalist Betty Fikes Pillsbury as she discusses ways in which the Victorians delighted in herbs. Culinary, folkloric and household uses will be discussed. Betty's program will begin at 1:00 P.M.

$5

Suggested Donation

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Jun 9

2018

Mother/Daughter Flower Fairy Tea

Victorian children believed the Fairy Realm held it's annual merriment and mischief in June on Midsummer's Eve. Join us for a special celebration of the fairy magic in our first ever Mother/Daughter Flower Fairy Tea. After tea, look for signs of fairy revelry in a scavenger hunt around the lawn, play with bubbles, and have a tour of the house if you like. Fairy wings and elves, often in the guise of boys, are also welcome! Menu Tea & juice Assorted Muffins & Scones Finger Sandwiches Quiche Salad Fruit Fairy Wands & Cookies When you purchase tickets, please purchase only for the guests sitting at your table. Two seatings will be offered. The first will begin at 11:00 A.M. and the second will begin at 1:00 P.M.

$20

1 Adult and 1 Child.


For each additional adult add $10.


For each additional child add $5

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Jun 22

2018

4th Friday Celebration

Join us from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on the Best House lawn for old fashion carnival games and prizes.

Free

Donations Appreciated

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Jul 13

2018

Crafts in the Carriage House

Make a "Muddy Puddy" jar!  The fun begins at 1:00 P.M. 

$5

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Jul 21

2018

The Many Layered Victorian Woman

Join Kim Harvish of the Chapman Historical Museum as she takes a look at Victorian underclothes, fashion and activities through photos, hands on items and advertisements. After the presentation, take a tour of the Best House to see examples of Victorian clothing from our collection!  Kim's program begins at 1:00 PM

$5

Per Ticket

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Jul 27

2018

4th Friday Celebration

Come and dance the night away with Homespun Family Dance from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Free

Donations Appreciated

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Aug 4

2018

Bullets and Bacteria

Join historic re-enactor Paul A. Supley as he talks about the three biggest killers of the Civil War: Malaria, Dysentary, and Hospital Gangrene.

$5

Per Ticket

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Aug 24

2018

4th Friday Celebration

The good folks from the Schoharie County Animal Shelter will be on had to fill us in on what's been going on over at the Shelter. The Best House will be collecting donations and we will be hosting a bake sale! All of the proceeds will be going to aid our furry friends over at the SCAS.

Free

Donations Appreciated

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Sep 29

2018

The History of Crazy Quilting/Trunk Show with Betty Pillsbury

Join us as we delve into the art of crazy quilting with award winning quilter and author Betty Fikes Pillsbury. Using antique quilts and other textiles, Betty discusses the rage that swept late 1800’s America – the crazy quilt. Then, using her work as examples, Betty shows how crazy quilting is alive and well in the world today. Please bring your vintage crazy quilts to share. Registration is required.

$5

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Oct 13

2018

Victorian Post Mortem Photography 

Paul Dunleavy and Tor Shekerjian, co-presenters, are President and Treasurer of the Spindle City Historic Society of Cohoes. As officers and members, they have for years, researched and presented on a variety of topics. They have a deep knowledge of historic homes and their restoration, own an 1890 Stick Victorian, and successfully got this home listed in the State and National Historic Registers.


The program on post mortem photography should prove very enlightening. You’ll learn some interesting tidbits about the various means by which photographs were taken, as well as why some photographs look as if they are of the deceased when they are not.

$5

Per Ticket

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Oct 20

2018

Best House Paranormal Investigation 

with Tri-City Paranormal

The Best House has witnessed its fair share of tragedy. From the death of Dr. Christopher Best’s first wife, his young son and Dr. Best himself it’s no wonder several paranormal investigations have revealed significant activity. 


Join professional investigators from Tri-City New York Paranormal from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. for a state of the art, interactive exploration of the haunted happenings at the Dr. Best House.


We are only offering one session and only 20 tickets are available.  This event sells out every year.  It's strongly recommended that you purchase your tickets early.

$30

Per Ticket

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Dec 7

2018

Miracle on Main Street - Elves Toy Shop

Join us in the carriage house from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for hot cocoa, story telling and crafts.

Free

Donations Appreciated

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Dec 15

2018

Victorian Christmas Tea

12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Free

Donations Appreciated

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Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.