Washington Irving's Sunnyside House

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Washington Irving's Sunnyside House

Washington Irving's Sunnyside House
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape and a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations.Hear about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. His characters, from Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane to the mysterious Headless Horseman and the comic Rip Van Winkle, are icons in American culture. Even Johnny Depp has added to their global renown.A gently curved path leads to gorgeous views of the Hudson River and reveals the allure of Sunnyside's unique design, its intimate setting, its bucolic grounds, and its association with a beloved man of letters. SUNNYSIDE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST 6. Please continue to check this listing or go to our website for updates.
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Rschagrin
Delray Beach, FL10,491 contributions
Must See
May 2021
Washington Irving's home on overlooking the Hudson River. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there due to Covid 19.

Can't wait to return and see it and it's magnificent grounds.
Written June 5, 2021
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retdvm@comcast.net
Monson147 contributions
Less than expected
Oct 2019
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.
Written December 18, 2019
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Bea H
Ottawa, Canada13 contributions
A Disappointing Return
Oct 2019 • Friends
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.
Written November 6, 2019
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,297 contributions
Don't miss Washington Irving's Home
Nov 2019
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!
Written November 2, 2019
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Frbrs70
Altoona, PA274 contributions
Wonderful place to visit
Oct 2019 • Friends
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.
Written October 27, 2019
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Chattykatie1992
Brooklyn, NY27 contributions
Washington Irvings home.
Oct 2019 • Family
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
Written October 21, 2019
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bilsue
Fernandina Beach, Fla79 contributions
nice visit
Sep 2019
We were tentative about visiting because of some review....but so glad we did! The tour is 50 minutes and our docent was Hal, one of the best tour leaders we have been with. His knowledge of the architecture of the house, history, and Irving's life was remarkable and helped us enjoy the visit. The video at the start is well done, informative. The gift shop offers a nice variety of books and gifts. One surprise, if you pay at the entrance i is $2 more per person that if you order tickets on line. We didnt now this but would have paid at the entrance anyway not wanting to commit to a timed entrance. We were staying more than an hour away and unfamiliar with the 's roads. The visit stimulated more interest in Irving's life, a truly exceptional one. I plan to read it biography next. I do recommend reading Rip van Wikle and Legend of Sleepy Hollow prior the visit.
Written September 12, 2019
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jello692017
Hampton, NH235 contributions
tour of house
Aug 2019
Washington Irving's house was interseting and the guide's history of Washington Irving was very good. But the experience was disappointing. It wasnyour averagebtour. Not really a good stop.
Written September 1, 2019
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tikvah48
473 contributions
Looking for the Headless Horseman?
Aug 2019
We were met by our docent dressed in period garb where we learned quieter a bit about Washington Irving and his life. Sunnyside overlooks the Hudson and Irving had a beautiful view form his porch. There are hiking trails and after the house tour is over visitors can view the ice house several outbuildings. There is a moist gift show with volumes written by and and about Washington Irving. If you purchase a copy of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the check will stamps facsimile of Irving's signature into book.
The house was modest and practical with an additional added after Irving returned from Spain.
Written August 22, 2019
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Christine C
Sarasota, FL172 contributions
The Legend!
Aug 2019 • Solo
I had to see the homestead of Mr Washington Irving! The first paid USA writer with multiple pseudonyms! Mentored by Sir Walter Scott and influenced by his European travels and Ambassador to Spain!
Must see sight if you’ve enjoyed the Legend of Sleepy Hollow or are a NY Knicks fan!!! Make the connection! Enjoy!
Noelle was my excellent guide.
Written August 11, 2019
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