Washington Irving's Sunnyside

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, photo by Clara Tóth.

Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-8200, weekdays, 914-591-8763 weekends. Washington Irving’s meticulously restored home is filled with the author’s possessions including his writing desk and books. Guides, costumed in formal dress of the period, explain how Irving designed house and grounds himself to reflect his romantic views of art, nature, and history. Originally a Dutch farmer’s house, it is now a property of the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley and open for tours. Seasonal events are also offered. Located on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 (South Broadway).

Hours: 2014 season May 3 to November 9, Wednesday through Sunday. Also open holiday Mondays: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. Admission by timed tours only: 10:30 am, 12 noon, 1:30 pm, 3pm (also 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2pm, 3:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays).

Parking: visitors lot.

Annual events

Sunnyside's veranda overlooks the Hudson River

Sunnyside’s veranda overlooks the Hudson River, photo by Clara Tóth.

Check our Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events.

From a Child’s Perspective

2014 dates: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and view the home of Washington Irving through a child’s eyes. Explore Sunnyside as a family home, specially set with period toys and children’s clothing. Stay before or after your tour to play games, hear stories, race through a scavenger hunt, and participate in hands-on-activities.

The Legend Behind the “Legend”

2014 dates: Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2. A daytime visit here is the perfect prelude to an evening at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, or Irving’s ‘Legend.’ Irving’s fascinating home—a colorful blend of architectural styles—will showcase numerous objects related to Irving’s famous story and other tales. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and experience one of Irving’s spooky tales on a walk through the woods. Tickets: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3.