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Sunnyside, Tarrytown

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Sunnyside is a historic house on 10 acres along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. It was the home of the noted American author Washington Irving, best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" . It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.This cottage-like estate shows Dutch Colonial Revival, Scottish Gothic and Tudor Revival influences, with its instantly recognizable wisteria-covered entrance and jagged crow-stepped gable.HistoryIn some sense, Sunnyside began almost 200 years before Irving with Wolfert Acker (sometimes spelled Wolfert Eckert), a Dutch-American inhabitant of the region. His property, "Wolfert's Roost", was part of the Manor of Philipsburg; among other buildings, it contained a simple two-room stone tenant farmhouse, built around 1690. The property came into the hands of the Van Tassel family who were married into the Eckert family and who owned it until 1802. That year, 150acre were deeded to the family of Benson Ferris, one-time clerk of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, whose wife, Maria Acker, was a descendant of Wolfert Acker.
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  • We went on a 4 pm late tour and there were only two of us but it was still very interesting and the breeze was coming in over the river for a lovely afternoon. Our guide was dressed in period hoop ski...  more »
  • Visited around Holloween weekend. Extra characters were available to show the house and grounds. The location seems almost undisdurbed from the 1850's.  more »
  • A journey back in time to a lovely home of one of America's great authors...the house, located on 10 acres right on the Hudson River, is a picturesque little cottage with small quaint rooms, and with ...  more »