Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-4481. This Gothic Revival mansion was originally designed in 1838 by American architect Alexander Jackson Davis for former New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr. Paulding named his country villa “Knoll.” In 1864 Davis doubled the size of the house for its second owner, George Merritt, who renamed it “Lyndenhurst” after the Linden trees growing on the property. In 1880 railroad baron Jay Gould purchased the estate, maintaining it as his summer home and country retreat until his death in 1892. The mansion and its 67-acre estate house remained in the Gould family until 1961. It’s now a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The grounds and outbuildings are a fine example of 19 century landscape design. Much of the layout was accomplished by Ferdinand Mangold, whose tenure spanned both Merritt and Gould ownership of the property. Both Mangold and Merritt are buried nearby in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Paulding is in the adjacent churchyard of the Old Dutch Church.
Fans of the 1960s television series Dark Shadows may recall that Lyndhurst in served as the Collinwood estate in the feature-length films House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s receiving vault made a cameo in House of Dark Shadows as the Collins family mausoleum.
The grounds are host to annual craft fairs and other special events. Mansion tours: see www.lyndhurst.org for current ticket prices and tour times. Other rates apply for special events.
Parking: on site.
Check our Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events.
Mistletoe & Menorahs
Start off the Holiday Season with Mistletoe & Menorahs at the Lyndhurst Carriage House. Not to be missed during the festive season is this collection of comedy-drama one-act holiday romps with festive songs in between.
You think you’ve shopped “til you’ve dropped?” Wait until you meet Muriel and Lourdes who give new meaning to “last minute shopping” in award-winning playwright Staci Swedeen’s priceless Feliz Navidad. Gail Drucker’s acclaimed one-act comedy Would You Like a Potato Latke? is also on the bill, dubbed “Sex and the City for the mature crowd,” Rose and Bessie celebrate Hanukkah and learn more than they bargained for about their 47-year friendship. Ms. Swedeen’s touching Deck the Tree and Ms. Drucker’s bittersweet monologue about a woman’s memories and a life changing experience during the holiday season round out the poignant and sometimes hilarious performances. Under the direction of Michael Muldoon, Carol Eagen and Suzanne Ochs will star in this production with Jim Petrillo as the vocalist.
2013 dates: Friday & Saturday, November 29 and 30 at 7:00 pm. Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $35, all ages.
Country Living Fair presents The Holiday Bazaar
A special shopping event presenting a unique selection of 100 vendors from the Country Living Fairs selling gifts, jewelry, art, home decor and more.
2013 dates: Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th
Tickets: $10 to $25.
Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol
Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol is a theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens’ own readings of the classic tale that brings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. This spirit is brought to life to life in this adaptation, which takes place throughout the Lyndhurst mansion. Working from Dickens’ actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion “meeting” the different spirits and characters. The performance is approximately 90 minutes and is appropriate for all ages. Come see the words of Dickens in a historic period setting!
2013 dates: Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 29th
Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm, with added 5:00 performance on Saturday, Dec. 21
Sunday at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 26th through Sunday, December 29th at 4:00 pm only
Tickets: Adults $35, children 16 and under $15.