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.
Now entering its fourth decade, Fall Crafts ushers in autumn with the rose garden in bloom and the leaves beginning to change along the majestic Hudson River. 300 artists fill the grounds of the Lyndhurst estate offering the first taste of fall shopping as well as exciting activities such as tours of the Lyndhurst mansion, live music, kid’s activities, gourmet specialty foods and craft demonstrations. It’s a great day for the entire family at one of America’s most beautiful landmarks! Rain or shine.
2015 dates: Friday, September 18, 10 am-5 pm. Saturday, September 19, 10 am-6 pm. Sunday, September 20, 10 am-5 pm.
Tickets: Adults, $12; seniors, $11, children 6-16, $4.
For information: 845-331-7900, www.artrider.com
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
Come visit the Disenchanted Castle with all new decorations and theme this year! If you’ve always dreamed of living in a castle, you better think twice! Castle dwellers including Maleficent, Dracula, Henry VII, those Hogwarts Wizards and the Wicked Witch will let you in on the real secrets of being a haunted ghoul. Experience the only indoor Halloween venue in Westchester. Meet the cast of characters as they lead you on a half-hour spooky performance through the first floor and basement of Lyndhurst mansion. Guest will be able to experience the spectacular gothic castle at night with eerie lighting and fabulous seasonal decorations in a way rarely seen. While the event will appeal to adults and teens, younger children can also participate as the performance is appropriate for all ages. If you’ve come before, the nighttime romp through the house is all new this year and every year!
2015 dates: October 16, 18, 22-25, 29-31. November 1. Tickets by timed entry, check Lyndhurst’s web site to confirm times.
To purchase tickets, click the link below. For more information go to www.lyndhurst.org