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“Great Mansion”
Review of Lyndhurst

Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Tarrytown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Lyndhurst is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Reviewed July 1, 2010

Lyndhurst was built by a mayor of New York city. It's an architectual treasure because when it was enlarged 30 years after construction it was done by the same architect. That helped to keep the original building intact. The interior can be seen by guided or self-guided tour. If you'll want to do the self-guided tour it's done by cell phone. Most of the funiture and artwork is original to the house. The docents share a lot of stories about the three owner of Lyndhurst with the visitors. A visit to Lyndhurst is well worth it especially on a sunny day because the gardens are lovely as well. If you can you should come in May or June when the Roses are in bloom.

3  Thank babdr80
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

My husband and I spent an afternoon at the Lyndhurst estate. We walked around the grounds, and toured the manor. We loved our guide who seemed as ancient as the property itself – and gave the tour some authenticity. We loved hearing the stories of the owners past. The décor and furniture appeared to be the original items and you could almost fantasize about living there – and looking out upon the river from one of the windows. The greenhouse had a fire recently so you could see the structure itself – but no greenery. Donations are being collected to bring it back to its original stature. There seemed to be a lot of activity on the grounds – a display of scarecrows for upcoming Halloween, people walking their dogs, and several folks setting up for an evening wedding. All in all an enjoyable day trip!

1  Thank therovingeye
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Reviewed May 24, 2008

My girlfriend and I went to Lyndhurst with the intention of joining one of the walking tours, but unfortunately we arrived too late and missed it. I don't know if you are allowed to do this, but instead we just walked around the grounds outside for free and had a very nice afternoon. In about 45 minutes, you can just walk all across the front lawn, around the bowling alley, near the beehives, and then back around the house and the former stables. It was a really nice and cost-free afternoon.

2  Thank Clyde645
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

Both a piece of history and a piece of art, Lyndhurst should be a stop on your trip if your travels being you anywhere near the area. The grounds are breathtaking, the house is beautiful, there is also the stable and greenhouse and several other out buildings. Plus a fantastic view of the Hudson River. I visited in summer but I would return in every season because I am sure the scene would change and it is worth the return trip.

4  Thank biotechwriter
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Reviewed November 12, 2006

We were unable to take a tour of the inside of the home but the exterior and the grounds were fabulous enough for us. Lovely landscaping, some interesting old trees and gorgeous views of the Hudson are nearly all one might really need for a visit but the house itself is amazing in all its Gothic splendor. Certainly worth a visit.

4  Thank Jennifer M
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