Trish at the last minute decided to bring me and Patrick on a day trip to Tarrytown. What a wonderful surprise this was especially since she brought me to see Lyndhurst, the mansion where Dark Shadows had been filmed way back when.
I really enjoyed the tour, which lasted about 45 minutes. I wish I had been able to take pictures of the inside, but you are very clearly told no pictures, that didn't stop Trish from sneaking a few when she could. The cost of the tour is a bit much $12 for each adult and $6 for each child.
I have to agree with Trish in saying that the dining room is my favorite room of the house. I also liked the doors which were absolutely huge, at least 9 feet high. Patrick laughed really hard when the guide told the tour group about the dumb waiter, I think it was the name that made him laugh.
The hours of operation vary depending upon the season. For the most part, doors open at 10 AM and close anywhere from 4 o 5 PM. You can chose from a variety of tour times, particularly in the summer when they start about every half hour or so.
Visiting Lyndhurst was a last minute decision for me and Richie and Patrick. This was a real treat for us all, not just because the mansion was the back drop for one of my and Richie's favorite childhood shows, but also because the mansion itself has a very long and interesting history.
The mansion itself went through various stages of construction. The oldest part of the home was built in 1838 by William Paulding. George Merritt began additions to the house in 1864 and by 1865 the mansion had nearly doubled in size. Merritt named the home Lyndenhurst after the Linden trees he had planted there. Jay Gould took over the home in 1880 and again added onto the structure. The building is considered to be an example of Romantic Gothic Revival architecture.
My favorite room was the dining room. The combination of the colors, designs and furniture was absolutely beautiful. We all got a kick out of the bathrooms, especially the toilet paper dispensers. The upstairs art gallery is filled with beautiful paintings and trinkets of all sorts. I liked that there were two master bedrooms, his and hers. LOL The child's bedroom was charming and included a toy piano and the cutest little pair of shoes. Patrick noted a stuffed toy sitting in a basket that reminded him of our cat Buddy. In the study downstairs there was a really, really old piano. The tour guide invited a fellow visitor to put on a one minute concert. To our amazement the man played beautifully. Each room has different stained glass windows. Some were just amazing while others were boring.
There are a variety of tour choices for visitors from self guided to tours with tour guides who truly are masters of knowledge about the house and its history. No matter which tour you decide to take, you are gonna have to lay out a decent amount of dough, $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 and up. Until April the mansion is only open on the weekend for visitors, usually from 10 AM until 4 PM. The guided tours are available at 10:30 am; 11:30 am; 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm and last tour 3:30 pm. The entrance gate closes at 3:30. If you only want to visit the grounds there is a $5 fee per person. April through November the hours are 10 AM until 5 PM with guided tours offered Tuesday - Friday, 10:30, 11:45, 1:00, 2:15. 3:30 and 4:15 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 and 4:00.
The grounds and first floor of the building are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately the second floor is not.
Be sure to visit the gift shop on your way out.
As Tarrytown is a small town, there isn't a great deal to do in the immediate vicinity. Our main past time was training it into Manhattan daily and spending our time there.
The trains run about every 20 minutes from Tarrytown station straight to Grand Central, they start at about 6am and run till about 11pm. I think the frequency decreases the later it gets. There are timetables available at the station.
Once you are in Manhattan the world is your oyster or so to speak. You have all the usual attractions; Central Park, Empire State Building, Grand Central itself, Statue of Liberty, the Library, battery park, Grenwich Village... the list goes on.
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The many historical attractions found in Tarrytown are definitely not right next to each other, so one must have a car in order to visit them all. The other thing about driving in the area is that you must be an offensive driver. Driving in these parts in not for the week of heart and the skiddish. In some places it is nearly impossible to make a left turn even if its an area where you can make a next turn. Be sure you know where you are going because there are some places along route 9 where you can't make a left turn making it nearly impossible to make a u-turn.
Normally I really don't care about deer droppings being about, but in this case I think it is relevant. Before you let your little ones run about on the grounds of either Lyndhurst or Sunnyside, check about for deer poop. When we visited Lyndhurst this past Saturday, there were piles of deer poop all over the grounds. The problem with deep poop isn't just in the fact that it's poop. Deer poop means deer, which also means deer ticks.
Favorite thing: If you are going to visit Lyndhurst on a weekend, you should go pretty early. There are 3 parking lots. Lot 1 is handicapped parking only. Lot 2 is withing walking distance of the mansion and lot 3 is out there, way out there. There aren't many spaces in lot 2 and it isn't paved. When we visited in March it wasn't too muddy, but I can only imagine how muddy it can be on a rainy spring day.