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 what is now a 67-acre estate remained in the Gould family until 1961 (it once exceeded 500 acres). The house and grounds are 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. Jay Gould is further away in a private mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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, Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 4 pm: see www.lyndhurst.org for current ticket prices and tour times. Other rates apply for special events.
Parking: on site.
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
The Ghoul family has a bone to pick with you….that is, you’ve been formally invited to come and celebrate the spirit of the Halloween season with the Family in their House of Curiosities! They’re opening up their splendid and spooky castle home to those looking for a unique Halloween thrill this year. You’ll meet and interact with the ever peculiar Mr. and Mrs. of the Castle, see what Grandmama is cooking up, and find out what other zany family members have turned up at this festive time of year!
2019 dates: October 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, and on Halloween October 31st. The performances are 40 minutes long and are timed to begin every 15 minutes. The first performance is at 6 pm with the last one at 10 pm, except on Thursdays and Sundays when the last performance is at 9 pm.
Where: Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-4481.
Tickets: Adults $25, children 12 and under $20. Buy tickets online.