Graycliff to reopen with private tours in August

DERBY — After a temporary closure due to the pandemic, Graycliff Conservancy announces a private tour program beginning in August, with advance booking available now.

In compliance with New York State’s mandated Phase 4 guidance, all tours will be restricted to a single household or safe social circle. Tours are priced for up to 4 people, with the option to add 2 more for a small additional charge. There will be both a Standard 1 hour tour, which visits the grounds and 1st floor of the Isabelle R. Martin House (main house), as well as an Extended Tour, which will also give guests the opportunity to view the upstairs of the main house. This will be the first time that private tours of this type have ever been available. Private tours start at only $100 and are now available to book at experiencegraycliff.org.

New COVID protocols have been implemented in compliance with mandated requirements to open, and to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers, and visitors. These include (but are not limited to):

¯ A strict stay at home if you feel sick policy for all staff and volunteers that accompanies new health screenings. Visitors are also asked to remain at home if unwell or have reason to believe there has been exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

¯ All tours must be booked in advance and for a group that is with other members of a single household or those that have been defined as being within a safe social circle (up to six people).

¯ Contact tracing for all visitors.

¯ New tour schedule to allow for adequate time for enhanced sanitization between each tour.

¯ Face masks required of all staff, volunteers, and visitors.

¯ Rerouting of tours to ensure one directional traffic, as well as limited capacity in the Pavilion and Isabelle R. Martin House.

¯ Tented areas to allow groups to properly social distance while waiting for a docent or to enter the Pavilion.

¯ New hand sanitizer dispensers installed.

Please visit experiencegraycliff.org for further information and Graycliff’s complete COVID response plan. “It’s been incredibly lonely on the property without guests and we are so ready to welcome you back!,” says Executive Director, Anna Kaplan. She continues, “I hope you’ll choose to spend an hour or two with us on our gorgeous lakeside property and that the experience will be an enjoyable and illuminating escape.” Tours for August are now available for booking at experiencegraycliff.org or by contacting us at tours@graycliffestate.org, or by phone, at (716) 947-9217.

Membership perks for existing Graycliff members have been reworked and do include access, at many levels, to a complimentary private tour. Please contact Director of Operations, Ryan Gravell, by email at rgravell@graycliffestate.org, or by phone at (716) 947-9217 for full information and to book your member tour.

Graycliff is the summer home of Isabelle and Darwin D. Martin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926 and built between 1927 and 1931.

The non-profit Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., a 501(c)(3), was founded in 1997 to acquire, preserve, and restore the property-Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff. The Conservancy has made incredible progress in completing the restoration while offering public tours and educational events. A New York State Landmark, Graycliff is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is located at 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd., Derby, N.Y., 14047. For more information, please visit www.experiencegraycliff.org and find us on Facebook and Instagram @flwgraycliff.


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