Offering a glimpse into America's colonial past, the verdant expanse of the Hudson Valley is home to a number of mansions and estates built by New York's prominent families. Among the fascinating collection of historic manors, farms, mills, and museums is the Rockefeller Estate in Kykuit, a six-story stone house built more than a century ago by John D. Rockefeller, and Sunnyside, the home of writer Washington Irving.
Hotel Near Hudson Valley's Historic Sites -
The Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown makes the ideal base from which to explore the banks of the majestic Hudson River and the historic sites of the HudsonValley. With spacious rooms, top-notch accommodations, and comfortable amenities, the Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown is centrally located in HudsonValley.
Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Once a thriving gristmill and a trading center for African American slaves, Philipsburg Manor is a living example of 1750s colonial life. Docents and interpreters in period costume invite visitors to explore the working mill and learn about early American farm and hardships of slave life. The 300-year-old manor house is open for touring, and guests can participate in a number of hands-on activities. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalley.org.
The Rockefeller Estate in Kykuit
Built at the turn of the 19th century, the hilltop estate was the family home of four generations of Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who was in his day the richest man in America. The estate features a six-story stone house, terraced gardens, and stunning collections of 20th century sculpture, Picasso tapestries, and classic cars cultivated by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalley.org.
Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY -
Noted architect Alexander Jackson Davis built the first phase of this manor house in 1842. Lyndhurst is a historic landmark site that is part of the National Trust. The gothic revival mansion and 67 acres of gardens have been augmented over more than a century to reflect the tastes of wealthy owners, including railroad magnate Jay Gould, who added the enormous gothic greenhouse. For visitors on foot, Lyndhurst is also easy walking distance from Sunnyside, writer Washington Irving's family home. For more information, visit www.lyndhurst.org.