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Lyndhurst, Tarrytown

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 280+ 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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  • We attended the nighttime "Jay Ghoul" tour. It could be improved in so many ways. The mansion itself is beautiful. The character actors were talented & well costumed but their script & storyline was s...  read more »
  • This is a great way to spend alittle over an hour in a beautiful old house. Peter, the guide, was excellent and gave a fun tour. This house is beautiful and there are many interesting details hidden i...  read more »
  • Fun to see how people lived in the past, beautiful grounds. Nice walk along river. Great views, beautiful rose garden. Employees are really nice, especially the two elderly gents at the gate, they rea...  read more »
  • Was here for the second time this summer to bring a friend visiting from out of town. Yes, the grounds were lovely, but beware of the tour guide. A substitute who came late was brought to fill in our time slot. (She even made it known to our group.) Her story telling was discombobulated, filling in gaps of time mentioning about the heat (weather), the unnecessary wedding event that took place on the grounds the day before, then rushing the group to the next room whenever she went over her time limit. Clearly she lacked knowledge, unlike from my first experience with the guide who was well spoken, interactive, and skilled in providing much in-depth history of the mansion. If I had not gone twice, I would not have been able to compare, or notice a slew of other interesting facts that were omitted. I felt bad for the rest of the group who were cheated out of their money with lackluster info from the guide.
  • 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.
  • One of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions whose owner was Jay Gould the infamous financier, and speculator, an important railroad developer who was one of the most unscrupulous “robber barons” of 19th-century and he usually attempted almost every scheme in the book to achieve a profit
  • Lovely example of the incredible Gothic architecture possible under the terrible rule of the Robber Barons. Though Gould built this incredible estate (pro tip: check out the rose garden by the conservatory and the bowling alley), it remains a stunning example of what is capable in an Oligarchy.
  • Amazing. The tours are a must. The guides are so knowledgeable and funny. The grounds are amazing and hopefully the woman selling healthy bakery stuff in the courtyard is there.
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