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.
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Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
There’s a Monster in Every Family! In this all-new tribute to classic movie monsters, meet the Ghoul family members who didn’t quite make it in Hollywood as they lead you on a spooky tour of Lyndhurst mansion. The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, the Bride of Frankenstein, even Jay Ghoul’s mother-in-law will take you through the first floor and the basement of Lyndhurst mansion—if you dare! Eerie, spooky and fabulously decorated, guests will be able to experience the spectacular gothic castle at night and in a way rarely seen. While the event will appeal to adults and teens, younger children can also participate as the performance is eerie, spooky and funny—but not bloody.
When: 2014 dates: October 17-19, 24-26, 31. November 1-2. Tickets by timed entry, check Lyndhurst’s web site to confirm times.
Tickets: Adults $25, children 12 and under $20.
To purchase tickets, click the link below. For more information go to www.lyndhurst.org