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Washington Irving's Sunnyside House

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retdvm@comcast.net wrote a review Dec 2019
Monson147 contributions38 helpful votes
This house was not special and would have hardly been worth the trip had not our guide been so informative. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was not Irvings only book. He was a prolific writer, but most known for his legend story. The time to visit is during the halloween season because of the town wide activities.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Bea H wrote a review Nov 2019
Ottawa, Canada13 contributions2 helpful votes
Having visited Sunnyside as a child 50 plus years ago, I had clear and fond memories. What I found here was a sadly neglected house and yard that disappointed and upset me. It would have taken very little effort to clean up stray garbage, plant a few flowers or bushes around the house, clean debris from the pond and keep that large plastic garbage can away from the front door. There were adequate people in period costume to show you the house and the gentleman in the living room made a real effort but some were only so, so. There was a lot more detail in what I had been told as a child such as how and why Irving made extensive use of the day bed in his study. There is also a woeful lack of connection to the author’s history (presumption that people are familiar with it and it was apparent people in our group were not). The house also badly needed to be freshened up from dusting and vacuuming to more significant things. I had also hoped to get a decent copy of one of two of his books from the gift shop for my grandchildren. There were none on offer. The selection was small type, densely printed, cheap paperback with no illustrations. There are opportunities missed at every turn.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Justin W wrote a review Nov 2019
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey2,149 contributions577 helpful votes
This little fairy tale house is the home of author Washington Irving and his family. The house itself was once a small stone cottage that the author expanded to be his weekend home and then his permanent home after he moved up from New York City. The house and grounds still contain family artifacts and the barn and ice house are still in good shape and can be seen. The house's furnishings are family heirlooms that were bought by the Rockefeller family and brought back to the house. The tour consists of seeing the downstairs social public areas and the upstairs living quarters. It is not the biggest house in the neighborhood but it still is impressive. The views of the Hudson are amazing!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Frbrs70 wrote a review Oct 2019
Altoona, Pennsylvania274 contributions53 helpful votes
Came here as part of a tour. Plenty to do especially for a family. There was a wonderful storyteller offering the Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Washington Irving’s home was surprisingly small, but the guide did an excellent job telling us about Irving, his family, the house, and the Legend. The gift shop has plenty of things to remember your trip by.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chattykatie1992 wrote a review Oct 2019
Brooklyn, New York27 contributions11 helpful votes
Although you had to buy timed tickets we were still able to get sone and go in. The grounds had pic opportunities for kids and games outside for them to play. Small lovely house with beautiful grounds. Children’s crafts to do at ticket entrance. Dress up and take photos for adults. Nice gift shop. Sold snacks . Enjoyed the tour and the scenery
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Date of experience: October 2019
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