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, Thursday through Monday: 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.
For 33 years, Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst has been one of America’s leading craft events.
Each year, 300 artists fill the grounds of the Neo-Gothic Lyndhurst estate, offering one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and weddings during the stunning spring blossom season.
It’s a great day for the entire family at one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. Enjoy exciting activities such as, interactive kid’s activities, tantalizing gourmet foods and concessions, hands-on craft demonstrations, tours of the Lyndhurst mansion (add’l cost) and more! Rain or shine.
2018 dates: Friday, May 4 from 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, May 5 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, May 6 from 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Adults, $12; seniors, $11, children 6-16, $4. Children under 6, free.
For information: www.artrider.com, 845-331-7900.