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Explore Historic Attractions in the Hudson Valley & Tarrytown

Posted by: Tarrytown House Estate
29 Mar
Explore Historic Attractions in the Hudson Valley & Tarrytown

Explore Historic Attractions in the Hudson Valley: Step Back in Time at Tarrytown

The Hudson Valley was made eternally famous by the American folk tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but this region has been a coveted location since long before Washington Irving wrote his haunted tale. This tidal estuary is the cradle of European settlement in the New World, and many of the top historic attractions in the Hudson Valley date back to the colonial era. From lavish Gilded Age mansions to centuries-old stone churches, connect with the rich heritage of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow at unique historic sites.


See a Colonial Outpost from 1750 at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow

From 1693 to 1779, this manor estate was a milling and trading post granted to Frederick Philipse by the King of England. Confiscated after the American Revolution due to the Philipse family's loyalist sentiments, the manor was sold at auction and later restored as a historic site. Many of the original buildings still remain, and the site looks much as it did in 1750. Today you can tour the historic complex and see exhibitions on its unique culture, which included dozens of African slaves and hundreds of tenant farmers.


Tour the Old Dutch Church & Infamous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Built in the late 1600s by the owner of Philipsburg Manor, the Old Dutch Church is one of the oldest churches in New York. The stone church's 2.5-acre burying ground became famous over a century later as the setting for Washington Irving's story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The cemetery was the headless horseman's haunting grounds (literally) and the story's climax occurred nearby at the bridge crossing at Pocantico River (now known as the Headless Horseman Bridge). The story may be fiction, but the history here is real. Numerous unknown soldiers from the American Revolution and Civil War are buried here, as well as famous figures like William Rockefeller, Walter Chrysler, Andrew Carnegie, Brook Aster, and Washington Irving himself. Pick up a map at the entrance to find your way around through the churchyard's gravestones, statues, and tombs.


Witness Early American Life at Van Cortlandt Manor & Museum

What was life like in America shortly after the Revolutionary War? Discover authentic structures from the era at Van Cortlandt Manor at Croton-on-Hudson. First built in the late 1600s, this stone and brick house became the residence of a wealthy New York family around the time of the war. Today, living history actors demonstrate historical activities like open-hearth cooking and textile making. Wander through the heirloom gardens and see an extraordinary collection of period furnishings


Discover How the 1% Lived in the Gilded Age at the Rockefeller Estate

Set upon a hilltop, this opulent six-story mansion was once the home of America's richest family. Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller built the 40-room home in 1913, and much of the original furnishings remain: Chinese ceramics, European art, and modern sculptures. See early 20th century cars, including a rare horse-drawn carriage and imagine what life was like back then.


Visit Lyndhurst Castle, a Gothic Revival Mansion from 1838

With a stunning profile of Gothic spires and turrets against the blue skies of the Hudson Valley, this Tarrytown treasure features elaborate decor and 67 acres of riverfront grounds. Guided tours take you through 19 restored rooms, including multiple kitchens. Linger in the rose gardens and visit the conservatory, and then climb to the top of the observation tower for panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. On a clear day, you can even see the Manhattan skyline!


Sleep in a Historic Hudson Valley Landmark: Tarrytown House Estate

Originally built as a country home for affluent families of the railroad and tobacco industries, this riverside estate dates back over 165 years to the mid-1800s. Just 25 minutes outside of New York City, the elegant manor was a frequent host of lavish international galas and important formal affairs. The oldest part of the estate is the King Mansion, a white porticoed Georgian home built in 1840 by J.S. Cronise. Subsequent owners expanded the Hudson Valley retreat, particularly William R. Harris starting in 1895. He used granite from the surrounding areas to enhance the estate, which was made even greater in the 1920s by Mary Duke Biddle – one of the richest women in America at the time. The avid sportswoman added a bowling alley, golf tee, and indoor tennis court under a glass roof that you can still see today. The historic manor is now known as Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson and is a unique luxury hotel where you can sleep amidst the sands of time.


Experience Modern Luxury Infused with Historic Charm at Tarrytown House

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Hudson Valley region and be treated to an exquisite travel experience at our one-of-a-kind getaway. Stay in the beautifully restored King Mansion in a Georgian-styled room with custom artwork and furniture. Step onto the outdoor terrace and see the Hudson River. Relax at the spa and enjoy an afternoon swim in the pool. Ready to explore? Our riverside location puts you close to top historic attractions in the Hudson Valley and Tarrytown, including Van Cortland Manor, Philipsburg Manor, and the Rockefeller Estate. Be a part of the history of New England with a peaceful countryside getaway to Tarrytown House Estate.

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