Van Cortlandt Manor  "Historic Site" | Croton-on-Hudson Westchester County New York
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Van Cortlandt Manor "Historic Site"


Westchester County

Croton River, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, working estate, history, Historic Landmark, Georgian, Federal period furnishings, Hudson River Valley, post-revolutionary, Attractions, Gardens, Guided tours, for the kids, children, costumed guides Van Cortlandt Manor "Historic Site"

Van Cortlandt Manor is located on South Riverside Ave, off Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, in one of the River Towns of Westchester County. Van Cortlandt Manor, situated on the banks of the Croton River, is a working estate and elegant country house that brings the new nation period vividly to life. The history of the estate is richly documented and the manor house contains primarily original furnishings, which provides an element of authenticity rarely seen in house museums.

A National Historic Landmark, the 18th-century stone manor house is the centerpiece of the property. It features a fine collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings, many original to Van Cortlandt Manor. Of particular note is an extraordinary kitchen on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. Also on the grounds is an 18th-century tavern situated on the historic Albany Post Road at the site of a ferry crossing over the Croton River. The tavern showcases a collection of vernacular Hudson River Valley furnishings and evokes fascinating tales of travel and transport in the post-revolutionary period.

    "At Van Cortlandt Manor, explore the stone manor house and brick ferry house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet country road along the Croton River. You'll experience the domestic life of a patriot family living in the years just after the American Revolution - the New Nation period.

    "Enter the manor house and see an extraordinary collection of furnishings from the colonial and federal periods in their original setting. Downstairs hear about one of the largest and best-equipped colonial kitchens in America and see samples of 18th-century medicines and foodways.

    "At the Ferry House, built before 1750, find a rural tavern that offered food, drink, and lodging to travelers along the Albany Post Road. You can also see an extensive collection of Hudson Valley vernacular furnishings. As you walk through the gardens, you'll find a a sampling of medicinal, ornamental and culinary plants.

    "The Van Cortlandts were one of New York's most prominent families, who faced and influenced pressing political issues of the time, including Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates over the drafting of the constitution. The family also grappled with religious change following the rise of evangelical religions and had to confront the controversy over emancipation, since they were slaveholders. Your tour addresses these issues and everyday life and social activities of the period."

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Children's Birthday Party
Guided tours of the house and grounds
Stone manor house
Tenant farmer's house and tavern

The word is Great fun for the kids and children of all ages, as costumed guides demonstrate and invite visitors to try blacksmithing, brick making, open-hearth cooking and more from the past. This educational experience allows kids to experience the life of a patriot family in the years following the American Revolution.

Location: Croton-on-Hudson

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