If you’re in the New York City area and love historical places, be sure to schedule time to visit Tarrytown, NY. A small village on Hudson River Tarrytown is located just north of Sleepy Hollow, home of the Headless Horseman. With a rich history it’s a great place to spend the day while touring the local historical homes.
With such a rich history, there are a variety of homes in Tarrytown that you can take a tour of. However note that most museums in New York are closed on Mondays. This includes the majority of the homes listed below (Lyndhurst is open on Mondays).
Sunnyside – Built in 1835, Sunnyside was the home of author Washington Irving who wrote Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Irving family owned the home until the 1940’s when John Rockefeller purchased it for historical purposes and opened it to the public. Today the home is maintained by Historic Hudson Valley who also provide guided tours. Sunnyside is open May through November.
Kykuit – Technically located in Sleepy Hollow, Kykuit (pronounced Kye-cut) was home to four generations of Rockefellers. The 40 room home contains modern sculptures, European artifacts and spectacular views of the Hudson River. Kykuit is open May through November. There are several different tours available to purchase depending on how much time you have (tours are from 1.5 hours to 2.25 hours). Note that you cannot wander around the grounds of Kykuit without purchasing a grounds tour. Also no photography is allowed inside the house.
Lyndhurst Mansion – Owned by three prominent New York families, Lyndhurst was last owned by the Gould family. The 67 acre property houses the main house, carriage house (now the Welcome Center), a bowling alley, laundry building, rose gardens and the area where the massive greenhouse used to be. At Lyndhurst you can choose to just wander and relax on the grounds, which costs $5, or you can take various tours of the house. The home is filled with Tiffany lamps, antique furniture and European art hand selected by Jay Gould. There are also traveling exhibits, festivals and jazz concerts on the grounds.
Food and Drinks
If you’re visiting Kykuit, there is a cafe in their visitor’s center where you can grab something to eat before or after your tour.
We headed to downtown Tarrytown and ate at the local restaurant Horsefeathers. A family owned place that’s been there since 1981 it was the perfect place to have a cold lcoal beer (I enjoyed a Ithica Beer Co Apricot Wheat) and a great cheeseburger. We ate at the bar and our server was very friendly. They were even nice enough to give us change for a dollar without knowing that we were staying to eat! Parking in downtown Tarrytown is metered parking so you will need those quarters.
Our day trip to Tarrytown was a perfect way to get out of the house and enjoy some of the local history. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by!
Tarrytown is located 65 minutes outside of Manhattan and is accessible by Metro-North train or via car using I-278 and I-87.
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