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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 day we visited (get tour tickets in advance), we were lucky to have a top notch guide who was well versed in art, customs and architecture of this "house" - ok, Castle - during the time of its hay...  more »
  • The castle itself is very nice, over a wide area and clearly worth a visit. We were there at the House of Ghoul's Jay view Curiosities, this is a performance with actors in the walls of the Castle. We liked the Mad Hatter at the beginning, but then the idea was a bit silly and not carried any meaning. I looked forward to the continuation of the "game" is already on the street, the Castle, but all ended sharply and was frankly about anything. Before submitting we sat in a cozy barn where showed old movies and sold sweets and hot cider. The staff were friendly and Nice.
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  • I booked during the Halloween season and thought the Halloween twist would make it more interesting. Not knowing what that meant, I was disappointed once we saw that the home was decorated with cheesy...  more »
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  • 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.