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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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  • My wife and I have been doing the gilded age circuit in the Hudson Valley. This castle is not to be missed. The house is stunning and if you have seen "Dark Shadows" or "A Winters Tale" you will recog...  more »
  • We did the basic tour of the home and it was fantastic. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and even gave out tic tacs as prizes when we got trivia questions correct throughout the tour. There are s...  more »
  • We stopped really just to stretch our legs on a longer trip and because I wanted to see the fashion exhibit. We didn't have time to tour the house but plan to go back. We did pay the $5 grounds fee an...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Magnificent place, a little gem. Very well kept. Our tour guide, Rick, was terrific. Very enjoyable experience.
  • 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.
  • 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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