Lyndhurst, Tarrytown

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Overlooking Hudson River. Furnished with period decor. Has very special periodic presentations of art, music and special events.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    My sisters and I, along with my 3 month old daughter took a tour of the mansion. The tour is an hour long and gives a nice overview of the history of the mansion, though we wish we were able to see a ...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    We visited the Lyndhurst on a weekend trip to attend the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Our last visit to Lyndhurst was during Halloween last year (2016). What a difference when it's not a holiday....  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    This mansion locates next to Hudson River and was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and built for a former NYC mayor around 1838 and later acquired by Jay Gould, finally donated by Anna Gould. It has a lot of Gothic and English elements. The greenhouse only has a skeleton left. The tour guide Nancy did a great job explaining everything. The linden trees are massive and mixed with many other trees such as birch.
  • June 14, 2017
    Stunning and well maintained gardens with a large variety of plants. We saw the Rose Garden during bloom and it was absolutely splendid. The grounds passes last for the whole day and include reentry. It is a gorgeous spot for picnic.
  • June 28, 2017
    Magnificent place, a little gem. Very well kept. Our tour guide, Rick, was terrific. Very enjoyable experience.
  • March 4, 2017
    A must see location in the Hudson Valley. So beautiful and amazing. The architecture and history is mesmerizing. The staff does a great job at welcoming visitors. Pictures inside are not permitted. The location has been featured often in film such as Dark Shadows (TV show) and A Winter's Tale.
  • June 6, 2017
    A beautiful house to visit. You can pay for a tour or simply walk the grounds outside for great views of the land and river.

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