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 19th 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.
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.
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
Visitors of all ages may pay a Halloween call on railroad magnate Jay Ghoul at his nineteenth-century Gothic castle. Dare to enter the mansion that rises on a hill above the Hudson River, its lit turrets and spires casting an erie glow on visitors below. Look out for Vladimir Gloul and other ghostly and ghastly members of the household and see what frights lurk from the drawing room to the dining room!
For schedule and to purchase tickets visit www.lyndhurst.org
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.
◆ September 21, 2014: “Alexander Jackson Davis and the Transformation of Hudson Valley Estates.”
For information: http://lyndhurst.org, or 914-631-4481.