Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-4481. This Gothic Revival mansion was originally designed in 1838 by American architect Alexander Jackson Davis for former New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr. Paulding named his country villa “Knoll.” In 1864 Davis doubled the size of the house for its second owner, George Merritt, who renamed it “Lyndenhurst” after the Linden trees growing on the property. In 1880 railroad baron Jay Gould purchased the estate, maintaining it as his summer home and country retreat until his death in 1892. The mansion and its 67-acre estate house remained in the Gould family until 1961. It’s now a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The grounds and outbuildings are a fine example of 19 century landscape design. Much of the layout was accomplished by Ferdinand Mangold, whose tenure spanned both Merritt and Gould ownership of the property. Both Mangold and Merritt are buried nearby in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Paulding is in the adjacent churchyard of the Old Dutch Church.
Fans of the 1960s television series Dark Shadows may recall that Lyndhurst in served as the Collinwood estate in the feature-length films House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s receiving vault made a cameo in House of Dark Shadows as the Collins family mausoleum.
The grounds are host to annual craft fairs and other special events. Mansion tours: see www.lyndhurst.org for current ticket prices and tour times. Other rates apply for special events.
Parking: on site.
Check our Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events.
Lyndhurst’s resident theater company, M&M Productions, performs in the carriage house during the summer and in the mansion for both Halloween and Christmas. Summer productions are light comedies. During the Christmas season, M&M re-enacts Charles Dickens reading from his classic work, A Christmas Carol.
2014 Summer Theatre
Show People by Paul Weitz. When a man, desperate to impress his fiancé, hires two flamboyant actors to portray his parents, the ensuing mayhem is sure to result in a laugh-out-loud evening at the theater. Come see this clever, delightfully witty comedy-thriller written by a first-rate craftsman and guaranteed to make audiences laugh themselves silly. Featuring veteran actors Janice Fay Hanges, Theodora Kimmel, Matt Rowe and Larry Schneider. July 11, 19, 23, 25: 7:00 pm. July 12, 26, 2:00 pm. $35/person. Purchase tickets: www.showclix.com
Travels with My Aunt by Giles Havergal. Adapted from the Graham Greene novel he wrote “just for the fun of it,” don’t miss an enormously appealing, raucously funny comedy that covers espionage, art smuggling, mistaken identity and shady dealings. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in London and Lucille Lortell and Outer Critics Awards during its highly successful Off-Broadway run. Our production features the acting talents of Tal Aviezer, Michael Muldoon, Steve Schnapper and Dennis Whetsel. July 12, 18, 26, 30: 7:00 pm. $35/person. Purchase tickets: www.showclix.com
Lyndhurst Summer Theatre series: www.lyndhurst.org or 914-631-4481.
Crafts at Lyndhurst
Rated the top show in New York and one of the best in the country. Crafts at Lyndhurst features more than 300 booths filled with handmade American crafts. From pottery to jewelry and furniture to clothing, the dazzling selection of fine crafts represents the best work of artisans from across the nation.
2014 dates: Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14
Tickets: All-Weekend Pass $12. Seniors (62 and up) $11, children 6-16 $4, children under 6 free.
Third Sunday Lectures
Each month the mansion hosts distinguished academics who speak on topics relating to the art and architecture at Lyndhurst and to the Hudson Valley and 19th century culture. Many lectures are free to the public.
◆ July 20, 2014: “Trunks and Travel.”
◆ August 17, 2014: “People, Parks, and Preservation: Landscapes of Ambivalence along the Hudson River.”
◆ September 21, 2014: “Alexander Jackson Davis and the Transformation of Hudson Valley Estates.”
For information: http://lyndhurst.org, or 914-631-4481.