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.
Check our Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events.
Exhibit – Becoming Tiffany
A groundbreaking new exhibition of works by legendary artist Louis Comfort Tiffany fills the Lyndhurst Mansion and gallery this summer. Charting the development of Tiffany’s career from the 1870s through the early 1900s, the display features more than 50 pieces, focusing primarily on early and rarely-exhibited works. The exhibit includes glass and mosaics from the Haworth Collection in Accrington, England, the hometown of Tiffany’s glass foreman, rare textiles from the Mark Twain House, rarely seen early paintings from the Brooklyn Museum and Nassau County Museum of Art and furniture and decorative arts from the Driehaus and other notable private collections.
Tiffany is one of the most popular American artists, and his later work on Tiffany lamps and stained-glass church windows is well documented. Becoming Tiffany takes a different approach to the artist’s life and work and focuses on his early work as a painter and decorator, telling the story of how he used his wealth and position in society as the son of the founder of Tiffany & Co. to further his career.
When: June 1 through September 24, 2018. Exhibit is open 10:45AM to 4 PM, Thursdays through Mondays.
Cost: Admission is included in all Lyndhurst tour tickets, June 1 through September 24, 2018. Or purchase separate exhibit only ticket. For info, lyndhurst.org
Sunset Jazz returns with free Thursday concerts in July and August at the magnificent 67-acre Lyndhurst estate, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. Relax on the great lawn and enjoy cool music by hot jazz artists! The grounds open at 4 pm, music begins at 6 pm. Free admission, though there is a (very modest) $5 per person parking fee. The site is also accessible by the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low-profile lawn chairs, and may bring or purchase a picnic supper at the site. Concerts are on the west lawn overlooking the Hudson River. Canceled by 3 pm if rain.
2018 Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst Summer Series
7/5: James Torme Group
7/12: Brighton Beat
7/19: Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet
7/26: Chuck Braman Quintet
8/2: John Marshall Quintet
8/9: Rodney Green Quartet
8/16: Marianne Solivan Quartet
8/23: Brian Q. Torff & New Duke
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, September 14 from 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, September 16 from 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Adults, $12; seniors, $11, children 6-16, $4. Children under 6, free.
For information: 845-331-7900, www.artrider.com
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities – Murder or the Pharaoh’s Curse? This Halloween’s all-new edition of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities is based on classic mystery stories. It’s 1922, and a group of archeologists has unearthed an Ancient Egyptian tomb – but they barely have time to celebrate their discovery before the diggers each start dropping dead! Your group has arrived at the dig site (Lyndhurst mansion) to help determine the cause of the deaths – is it the Pharaoh’s curse or a cold-blooded killer?
This Halloween, you must solve the mystery before tragedy strikes again! Take a journey through the mansion to meet the cast of zany archeologists, local personalities, and unscrupulous smugglers. But be careful . . . each has his or her own secrets and superstitions.
2018 dates: October 19-21, 25-28, 31. Tickets by timed entry, check Lyndhurst’s web site to confirm times.
Where: Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-4481.
Tickets: Adults $25, children 12 and under $20. Buy tickets online.