Sunnyside, Tarrytown

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#7 of 14 in Historic Sites in Westchester County
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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  • August 1, 2017
    A must-see site for history and literary buffs. Even if you aren't familiar with Irving, his house is worth visiting. The house itself is interesting as a idiosyncratic example of the Romantic Era and...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This was a wonderful visit. The Gift Shop has many clever books, cards, and memorabilia which will make great holiday gifts. The tour guides dress in period attire. They provide an excellent explanati...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    I absolutely loved visiting Sunnyside! I was familiar with the stories that Washington Irving wrote, but never read up on his life story. Our tour guide was very informative, and I learned so much abo...  more »

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