Mount Gulian Society

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Mount Gulian Society
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Mount Gulian is the Hudson Valley colonial homestead of the Verplanck family (also Planck or Ver Plancken). It was the Continental Army headquarters of patriot General Fredrich Von Steuben. After the war it was the founding place of the Society of the Cincinnati.
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,373 contributions
I got to see the house before it closed for Christmas
Jan 2020
I had seen the Mount Gulian House on a tour map of decorated homes for the Christmas season and the day I went the house was closed and the ladies were cleaning all the Christmas decorations up. Still I got to see the whole house still mostly decorated and the ladies did a nice job. The rooms were lined with garland and Christmas ornaments and small objects for the holidays.

Mount Gulian is a smaller home than the historic manors that line the Hudson Rivers upstream. First it is a re-creation of the original house that burned down in 1931. The original house was built in the late 1700's and all that was left of the fire was the stone work of the fireplaces and the foundation. The rest of the house was rebuilt. The Vanderplank family who owned the house, their descendants still donate furniture and historical items to the house so it does have some family history here.

The grounds have Dutch barn on the back of the property near the river and the formal gardens in the winter were nothing to look at. The weird part of the property was that you have to drive through a housing complex to get to the house. It was like the family developed the estates land with homes.

Still each room has a very detailed history of the home and the people that lived there as well as a complete history of the Order of Cincinnati, A Veterans group.
It is very interesting if you are into Dutch family histories of the area. I also wanted to thank Amy, the curator and her team for letting me walk through the house while they were working.

Don't miss it when it reopens in April.
Written January 2, 2020
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SnMBec
New City, NY51 contributions
Take the Tour
Jun 2018 • Couples
1 Hour tour teaches you the family history as well as glimpses of former staff (gardener) and a Revolutionary war general. Interesting look into 1700s & 1800's Dutch settlers in Hudson Valley. Tour includes an old Dutch barn and replanted gardens. The old Dutch kitchen makes you glad you didn't cook in that era.
Written June 24, 2018
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jjctraveler
Chesterfield, MO3,827 contributions
Nice property but limited hours
Sep 2016 • Solo
Like the web site says, you drive through a small subdivision of modern apartments and condos to get to historic Mount Gulian house. The hours it is open are very limited, so I was unable to go inside, but I was able to walk the grounds and get a great view of the Hudson.
Written November 5, 2016
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Jeffrey C
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Fall beauty
Nov 2016 • Family
A great place to visit. A hidden historic gem. Beautiful gardens and view of the majestic hudson river.
Written November 2, 2016
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arockefellerview
Atlanta, GA1,059 contributions
Well loved restoration of a 17th to 19th Century colonial homestead
Sep 2016 • Friends
Mount Julian isn't very large but is a lovingly cared for historical society property easily viewed and explored.

Vast sweeping lawn take you to the cliffs above the railroad easements and wonderful views of the Hudson and the dual Hamilton Fish Jr. Bridges.

There is a reconstructed barn perfect for concerts, parties and wedding receptions.

View the remains of the extensive house gardens and rustic pergola.

Sorry, no pets allowed on the grounds.
Written September 13, 2016
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