Kykuit Rockefeller Estate, an historic site of the National Trust, is located in Pocantico Hills, New York. However, all tours begin at 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 in one of the River Towns of Westchester County.
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Kykuit, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained. Completed in 1913, Kykuit reveals the fascinating history of four generations of the Rockefeller family.
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View Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture. Artists represented include Alexander Calder, Georg Kolbe, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, and David Smith.
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"Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip to Kykuit is amazing. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.
Walk the beautifully landscaped grounds of Kykuit where every turn leads to another magnificent view in the Hudson Valley.
"Your tour will take you to the main rooms of the six-story stone house. Then you will move on through the expansive, terraced gardens containing Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture. Artists represented include Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and David Smith, among many others. The underground art galleries with Governor Rockefeller's collection of Picasso tapestries, and the cavernous Coach Barn, with its collections of classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages, are also part of the experience. Your guide will share many stories that highlight the lives of Rockefeller family members and their contributions to philanthropy, conservation, business, government, and the arts.
"Completed in 1913 for John D. Rockefeller by architects Delano and Aldrich, Kykuit has been home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Kykuit commands a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and occupies a landscape of extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, and glorious fountains designed by landscape architect William Welles Bosworth. The gardens include Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's extraordinary collection of 20th-century sculpture. The house itself contains fascinating collections of art, fine furniture, and Chinese ceramics. Horse-drawn vehicles and classic automobiles from the family's collection fill the coach barn."
Things To Do at Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate
Tour Kykuit. Select from a menu of tour options where you can tailor your tour to your interests and available time. The Classic Tour (2 1/4 hours) is perfect for first-time visitors. This tour includes the main floor of the house, furnishings, art, sculpture collection, and the amazing Coach Barn offering a collection of antique carriages and classic automobiles. Learn about the history and background of the rooms, the art and more.
Coach Barn with antique carriages and classic cars
Garden terraces and fountains
Main floor of the house
Six-story stone house
Sculpture Collection - Includes works by Pablo Picasso, Aristide Maillol, Henry Moore.
Historic Sites in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown
Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.
Old Dutch Church at Sleepy Hollow.
Patriots Park in Tarrytown.
Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse.
Visit Historic Sunnyside
Washington Irving's home at Sunnyside
Children's Attractions in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown
Enjoy Family Fun Day at
Lyndhurst Historic Site in Tarrytown.
Learn about a spy in the
American Revolution - John André.
Patriots Park in Tarrytown.
Philipsburg Manor Historic Site for kids.
Visit Historic Sunnyside,
Washington Irving's home in Tarrytown, offering games and activities for kids.
Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. Learn how families protected ships while living in a lighthouse on the Hudson River.
Halloween in Sleepy Hollow.
Celebrate by having a group reading
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Spooky fun things to do on Halloween include a
Tour the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground
Visit the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground and find places mentioned in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow where . . .
"The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head. It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance. Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak."
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
by Washington Irving
Location: Pocantico Hills