Halloween in Nybelwyck Hall


Arranged by Darren Scala, of D. Thomas Fine Art Miniatures, see festive fall embellishments around the front door from My Tiny Nest Miniatures and Petite Provision Company. Inside, find hand-stitched costumes (a witch, prisoner, clown, and ghoul) as well as detailed masks that fill a Victorian period trunk made by Cassie Leigh Art. An array of tiny, spooky novels, potion bottles, a skull in a jar, and a witch's spell book made by L. Delaney. Panda Miniatures created a magic wand, spell book, candle, and maps to add to a second-floor bedroom, and a minuscule mouse was made by Wendy Smale. Finally, this Halloween assortment wouldn't be complete without a Ouija board—ours was created by White Horse Studios. Mark O'Banks, Nybelwyck Hall's creator, originally consulted a Ouija Board to decide on the name for this dollhouse.


Wednesday–Friday, 1 & 3pm (as part of a Glenview Tour)
Saturday & Sunday, 12–5pm


Created by dollhouse enthusiast Mark O’Banks and gifted to the Hudson River Museum in 2006, Nybelwyck Hall is unique for both design and for the glimpse it gives of a dollhouse family—the Van Nybelwycks.

The name Van Nybelwyck Hall is Dutch-sounding, like other Hudson Valley names but it was invented by O’Banks when he consulted a oujia board. Its facade, though, is based on very real historic Hudson Valley homes, notably the Ogden Mills House in Staatsburg and Wilderstein in Rhinebeck. Like Glenview, here at the Museum, Nybelwyck contains a center double staircase that curves from the top floor to a Great Hall.

Van Nybelwyck Hall is a Lilliputian house for all ages, thanks to the detail, taste, and wit we spy in its 24 rooms that bear colorful names, among them the Egyptio-Tudor Room, the Gothic Library, and the Cathedral of the Lost Souls (the “attic”). The rooms are “stage sets” for the 20 Van Nybelwyck family members and their friends who live in the house that climbs four stories and stands 8 feet wide, 3 ½ feet high, and 2 feet deep. Over 900 interior objects were built and bought by O’Banks, who crafted staircases, cross-stitched carpets, papered walls, and roofed it with 1,500 slate tiles.

The Van Nybelwyck story begins in the Godiva Sewing Room where a drop of blood glistens on daughter Celestine’s wedding dress, an omen of upended plans as her engagement party is about to begin. Her father, Old Bostwyck, has chosen the groom. Tosca, her music teacher, has other ideas.