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Lyndhurst, Tarrytown

(4.3/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, is a Gothic Revival country house that sits in its own 67acre park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York about one-half mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge on US 9.This house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.HistoryDesigned in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, the house has been owned by New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr., merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. In 1961, Gould's daughter Anna Gould donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public.The house was first named "Knoll", although critics quickly dubbed it "Paulding's Folly" because of its unusual design that includes fanciful turrets and asymmetrical outline. Its limestone exterior was quarried at Sing Sing in present day Ossining, New York.The second owner, Merritt, doubled the house's size in 1864-1865 and renamed it "Lyndenhurst" for the estate's linden trees. His new north wing added an imposing four-story tower, new porte-cochere (the old one was reworked as a glass-walled vestibule) and a new dining room, two bedrooms, and servants' quarters.
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  • The Lyndhurst is impeccably maintained. It fashions one with a glimpse into Old Money New York Society. An American history lover's dream. The grounds are unbelievable. Ireland-level green, at least i...  more »
  • We all like going to the mansion tours of the by-gone era and Lyndhurst Castle is no exception; as the original home of William Paulding and then of Railroad tycoon Jay Gould (a Vanderbilt rival) it t...  more »
  • The tour was very informative and interesting, and want to go back when the tour allows you to go up into the tower, our tour was more of a holiday decorations tour and quite beautiful! We will back f...  more »
  • daytime tour was great. Rick our tour guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and good sense of humor. We loved touring the mansion and learning its history, seeing the beautiful original furnishings, hearing the stories of the past occupants and how they decorated, remodeled and lived in that beautiful place. well worth the money and 5 stars for daytime tour. night time tour is another story I give it 2 stars, it was way too short. it just started and it was over. the few actors we saw where good but for the $25 each it should have been longer than 20 minutes. I would highly recommend the daytime tour and hope you get Rick but skip the nighttime one..
  • This is a beautiful house museum with a very interesting history. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and shared that information with us. The decor is gorgeous, and the grounds are beautiful. I'm glad we took the time to visit.
  • Amazing day. Knowledgeable staff. Well maintained. Could use better parking and a lower price point.
  • Decided to have a nice day outside on Friday before Halloween. Went here for the house of curiosities in the evening. Such a rip off. The whole "show" was tragic, badly written and executed. Definitely not worth $25 for a 20 minute tour. The mansion itself it beautiful, can not understand why such a tragic production is required instead of some classy and subtle horror/haunted house instead.
  • Beautiful neo Gothic architecture on a vast park property overlooking Hudson River.