Lyndhurst  "Historic Site" | Tarrytown Westchester County New York
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Lyndhurst "Historic Site"


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Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds.

Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds. Circa 1838. Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is a preeminent architectural landmark. It resides on a 67-acre park representing 19th century architecture, decorative arts, and landscape. Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY, Lyndhurst is one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions.

The architectural brilliance of the residence is complemented by a park-like landscape and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and the railroad magnate and Wall Street tycoon Jay Gould.

In the late 1830s, William Paulding acquired property high above the Hudson River overlooking the Tappan Zee. Lyndhurst was first conceived in the minds of architects A. J. Davis and William Paulding who constructed the country villa in 1838 and called it "Knoll". In 1864 Lyndhurst was acquired by George Merritt who hired Davis to more than double its size. In 1870, they also built one of the largest private greenhouses in the world.

In 1880, Jay Gould purchased the estate and renamed it Lyndhurst. The 1870 greenhouse that burned was replaced in the Gothic Revival style. The Goulds redecorated the house and embellished the spectacular art gallery with works by Corot, Courbet, Bouguereau, and others.

The important "gardenesque" landscape is the work of Ferdinand Mangold, a master gardener who worked at Lyndhurst for forty years. Many of the landscape features created by Mangold, his predecessors, and successors, are preserved. The spectacular specimen trees are of special interest.

The romantic Gothic Revival design immediately drew attention to the building. Critics called it "Paulding's Folly" because its fanciful turrets and asymmetrical outline were unlike most homes constructed in the post-colonial era. Fascination with the property continued for decades and, as ideas of wealth and status changed with the growing nation, so did the estate, reflecting the tastes and interests of wealthy New York.

Walk from Lyndhurst to Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Lyndhurst is adjacent to Washington Irving's Sunnyside. The ability to walk between these two historic sites has a special appeal. At present, visitors may walk along the publicly maintained Croton Aqueduct Trail from Lyndhurst to West Sunnyside Lane. Walk the pathway connecting Lyndhurst and Sunnyside along the riverfront. If you are a tourist or local resident exploring the Hudson River Valley, be sure to include this landmark in your list of sights.

Things To Do at Lyndhurst
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Hiking / Walking
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Lyndhurst to Washington Irving's Sunnside
Museum Shop
Tour Lyndhurst Mansion
Virtual Tour

Wheelchair Accessible*
Accessible indicates that, to the extent practicable, the first floor of the mansion meets the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards. It is strongly recommended that you contact the facility in advance for a full description of facilities.

Historic Sites in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

  • Visit Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse.
  • Visit Patriots Park and the Andre Captors' Monument.
  • Visit the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground and gravestone of Washington Irving.
  • Visit Historic Sunnyside Washington Irving's home in Tarrytown.

  • Children's Attractions in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown
  • Visit Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. Learn how families lived in a lighthouse on the Hudson River.
  • Visit Lyndhurst in Tarrytown for Family Fun Day.
  • Visit Patriots Park for history of Spy Captured during American Revolution.
  • Visit Historic Philipsburg Manor for Kids.
  • Visit Historic Sunnyside Washington Irving's home in Tarrytown.
  • Celebrate Halloween in Sleepy Hollow.
  • Celebrate The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Something To Do on Halloween is to Washington Irving's home in Tarrytown.
    • 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: Tarrytown

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