Van Cortlandt House

Van Cortlandt House, Bronx: Hours, Address, Van Cortlandt House Reviews: 4.5/5

Van Cortlandt House
4.5
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The oldest house in the Bronx, this was the homestead of the Van Cortlandt wheat plantation.
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY1,121 contributions
My wife and I visited Van Cortlandt Park and came upon Van Cortlandt House Museum. The museum provides a self guided tour. It is very well organized.
The house itself is in very good condition and in many ways beautifully decorated.
We visited the park and found the House to be open by accident.
It was a happy experience.
Written March 15, 2020
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA901 contributions
Solo
Had a great time visiting the oldest house in the Bronx. Great location! The area is well maintained. Took the self-guided tour, but I ran into one of the Museum staff that was conducting a private tour and allowed me to follow along. Paul was extremely knowledgeable and knew the home like it was his. Reminded me of Rick Steves. All the furniture in the house is in mint condition. Only a $5.00 fee.
Written April 7, 2019
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JogNy
NY269 contributions
Couples
An interesting site. Not a lot goes on here, but they sometimes have demonstrations of colonial life and games. Good for kids and adults. A good example of a period house.
Written January 24, 2012
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Passport590427
New York City, NY31 contributions
It was, I was told, the first museum opened in NYC!
the visit of this mansion, at the edge of Van Cortland Park, is very interesting, the story of the Van Cortlands breathtaking, like a novel, the rooms, furniture, clothes of the time very mind fetching.
Written August 11, 2019
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Melyssa M
Bay Shore, NY32 contributions
The house itself is nice, just small and not decorated the way I'd imagine the house of the 4th richest man's to be. But, it was nice and the price wasn't bad either. I'd say it was worth the visit either way if you enjoy history.
Written July 15, 2012
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,694 contributions
The Van Cortlandt House is a wonderful place to experience what Christmas was like during and post-Revolutionary War. Remember that the Federalist period is very different from the Victorian Age with its post Civil War excesses and new traditions. It was after the war years when the country was still developing.

So Christmas at this time was more natural decorations of pine garlands, holly and mistletoe. The house is decorated with beautiful traditional wreaths and garland on the outside as well. The manor house had many different activities for the holidays that were earlier in the month so you have to watch their website to see when they have special events.

The house is charming and is fun to tour because it is not really busy. The house has all sorts of corners and niches and if you understand old Dutch families, you understand how the house works. There is different sleeping quarters for adults and children and the use of natural light in the house.

In the summer, the house is open air and nicely landscaped. It is a lot of fun to visit when you are up in the Bronx. It is fun during Christmas.
Written December 22, 2019
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Roger
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The Van Cortlandt mansion is a historical gem that should not be missed by anyone interested in the colonial and revolutionary history of NYC and the country as a whole.
The house hosted Washington, Rochambeau, Tarleton and the future King William IV.
In addition the Van Cortlandt family played a significant role in the history of New Amsterdam and New York. The interior of the house is beautifully restored. It’s an easy ride to the northern end of Line 1.
Written April 28, 2019
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,694 contributions
Solo
This was my first trip to the Van Cortlandt House Museum. I had wanted to see it decorated for the holidays and it was a very interesting self-guided tour of the house.

You get to walk through the whole house by yourself and see all the rooms. Most of the rooms were decorated for the holidays with garland and pine branches all over the place and the banisters were also decorated. Since pre and post Revolutionary War Christmas was strictly a religious holiday with minor decorations ( the fancier things would not come in until the Victorian era), the house was simply set up for post war decor.

The dining room was the fanciest room in the house with wall paper and more formal furniture as is the palour room on the first floor which was also used for dancing. The upstairs bedrooms were furnished but not as fancy was the lower rooms.

The rooms are furnished with original family heirlooms and some of the rooms were brought back to different eras in the family history.

Don't miss the grounds with the formal gardens as well.

The location is easy to get to as it is the last stop on the Number One subway and then right across the street in Van Cortlandt Park.
Written January 4, 2019
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Ilanfreedman
New York, New York296 contributions
Friends
This is the oldest house in New York City, when it was built in 1748. Its rooms have colonial furniture, including a Dutch grandfather clock. The staircase is made from maple, and its balusters are ornate. The rear bedroom has a Dutch cupboard bed, and bed steps.
Written June 30, 2015
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ChantalKortmann
Erps-Kwerps, Belgium39 contributions
Couples
Getting out of the city in less than an hour with subway 1. This is the place to be. A large park and a small sized house in old style with very authentic pieces of furniture and we had a fantastic volunteer who told us all about it! This is history of American Immigration! The quietness and peace, ideal if you want to flee the city and you don't have a car. It is very cheap, only 8 $ and really worth while!
Written July 23, 2014
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