Programs for Children

Part of the mission of The Friends of Pruyn House is educational. Our historic site on five acres allows teachers, students and community groups to experience and imagine life as it was in the 1800s.

The Pruyn House Complex in the Town of Colonie is a wonderful place for a Girl Scouting adventure. The Friends of Pruyn House is pleased to offer two new programs designed for children ages 6 – 12.
Programs generally run 1 hour. Cost is $8 per child and one adult chaperone is needed for every 8 children. There is a $50 minimum. Programs are offered Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30. Depending on demand for programs, Saturday mornings may be a possibility. The Pruyn House is located at 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110. Call 783-1435 (ext. 1564) to schedule your adventure today.


Rachel’s Crazy Quilt - Take a tour of the Town of Colonie’s Cultural Center and learn about the Casparus Pruyn family. Come and see the Verdoy Schoolhouse and learn about the importance of quilts in the “olden” days and make your very own crazy quilt!


Marie Claire’s Clothespin Doll – Tour the Pruyn House Complex and make a craft in the Verdoy Schoolhouse while learning about life in the 1800’s. Only children from well-to-do families could afford dolls because they were made with china! We will craft homemade dolls using materials that were plentiful and affordable in the 19th century.

Speakers in the House Series

We host speakers throughout the year who lecture on a variety of historical issues and events.  Let us know if you have an idea for a guest speaker or would like to lecture on a relevant topic.

Concerts in the Barn

A Summertime Series of Concerts
Each year, the Friends of Pruyn House, together with community sponsors, hosts a Summer Concert Series in the Buhrmaster Barn. Our concerts committee begins meeting each November to plan 5 or 6 concerts which run on consecutive Wednesday evenings from early July to early August. Dancing shoes and lawn chairs are always encouraged! Come early to browse our lovely gardens maintained by the Fort Orange Garden Club and enjoy a bite to eat from one of our various food vendors.

Old Fashioned Sunday

A Family day in September, typically the first Sunday after labor Day.  A free event for the public featuring pony rides, a magician, face painter as well as several exhibitors and vendors and music by Town of Colonie bands.

Plant Shows and Sales

Each year the Fort Orange Garden Club hosts a plant sale in the Buhrmaster Barn.  The FOGC maintains the Pruyn House Garden and proceeds from the sale help defray the cost of maintaining this beautiful garden.  This much-anticipated annual event is usually the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.  See website for details.

Art and Historic Exhibits

The Pruyn House hosts the Colonie Art League's Annual Show each year during the month of April.  Several talented and local artists exhibit their works.  The Historical Society of the Town of Colonie also has several exhibits throughout the year on the second floor of the Pruyn House.

Bus Trips

We plan two bus trips each year, one in the fall and another in the spring.  Past trips include Hancock Shaker Village, Skenesborough Musuem and Manor, The Mount (Edith Wharton's home) the MET and many more historical sites.  Become a member and join us!

Holiday Greens Show

The Blue Creek Garden Club and the Fort Orange Garden Club hold a holiday greens show and sale each year in the Verdoy Schoolhouse and the Pruyn House.  Both shows coincide with the Pruyn House Holiday Open House usually the first weekend in December.  Come and see the house decorated for the holidays.

Free Member’s Holiday Party

Another way to thank our membership for their support and volunteer efforts.  This party is usually held the second Wednesday in December.  Members will receive written notice or check the website.

Annual Dinner Meeting

Our by-laws require that we have a meeting of the full membership and each year we combine it with our Annual Dinner.  This event is usually the third or fourth Wednesday in April.  and features a sit-down dinner with a guest speaker.