Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley is a not-for-profit educational organization that celebrates the history, architecture, landscape and material culture of the Hudson Valley. The five historic landmarks listed below are owned and promoted by the Historic Hudson Valley and should not be missed during your travels to Westchester County.
|Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
This extraordinary landmark was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Tour the main rooms of the six-story stone house; the expansive terraced gardens containing an exceptional collection of Picasso tapestries, and the Coach Barn with classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. Artists include Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and David Smith.
Tours May through November. daily except Tuesday, departing from nearby Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. Tel. (914) 631-8200. Purchase tickets online.
|Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Brilliant light floods the tiny sanctuary from 10 stained-glass windows that are the work of modern masters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, commissioned by the Rockefeller family.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Satuday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. (unless church activities are being held). Closed January through March. 555 Bedford Rd., Sleepy Hollow. Tel. (914) 631-8200. Purchase tickets online.
This late 17th-/early 18th-century milling, farming and trading complex was once part of the Philipse estate, tenanted by European farmers and operated by enslaved Africans. Walk along a wooded path to the heart of Sleepy Hollow country. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the manor house, gristmill, 18th-century barn, slave garden and tenant farmhouse. A museum shop and picnic area are on site. Summer hours, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. daily except Tuesday; November and December, 10 a.m. - 4p.m. on weekends. Closed January through March. Rt. 9, Sleepy Hollow. Tel. (914) 631-3992. Purchase tickets online.
|Van Cortlandt Manor
Visit the former home of New York’s prominent Van Cortlandt family, and see its outstanding collection of American decorative arts, beautiful gardens, a tenant farmer’s house and a tavern. A gift shop and picnic area are on site.
Tours are led by costumed guides. Late May-early September, Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed January - April. South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. Tel. (914) 271-8981.
|Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Visit the cozy “Snuggery” of beloved author Washington Irving, whoseLegend of Sleepy Hollow has delighted generations of readers. His charming home sits on the banks of the Hudson amid a wonderfully romantic landscape. A gift shop and picnic area are on site. Tours are led by costumed guides.
Summer hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Tuesday. Winter hours (November and December), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends only. Closed January through March. West Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown. Tel. (914) 591-8763. Purchase tickets online.