Upstate New York boasts a variety of breathtaking views and locations that are perfect for visitors of any age. The historic mansions of Hudson Valley offer a unique look into some of the wealthiest families in history and how they lived during their era. Each estate listed below holds a historic mark that keeps them safe and preserved. Visitors can roam halls with exceptional architecture and take lazy walks through beautiful gardens and trails that still contain bits of the past.
Built in the 1890s by McKim, Mead, and White Staatsburg is one of New York’s most remarkable mansions. The home was constructed for Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth, with beautiful stately columns for a grand front entrance and exquisite architecture found throughout the home. The mansion boasts 65 rooms, 23 fireplaces, and even 14 bathrooms. In 1938, the mansion and it’s 192 acres were donated to the State of New York, where it has become a popular state park offering picnics, walking paths along the river, and hiking trails.
Hyde Park – Vanderbilt Mansion
The Vanderbilt Mansion, widely known as Hyde Park, was one of several homes owned by Frederick Vanderbilt and his wife, Louise Holmes Anthony. The mansion was built by McKim, Mead, and White during the 1890s with influences of European Architecture and the American Renaissance. Hyde Park consists of 54 rooms and 211 acres of land, at one time the estate had around 600 acres, overlooking the Hudson River. The surrounding garden was inspired by Italian design and style with different levels containing all kinds of plants, and an astounding 2,000 vintage rose bushes.
The Olana State Historic Site was built in 1872 and served as home to Frederic Edwin Church and his wife, Isabel. Church was a famous landscape artist, known for creating beautiful landscapes with towering mountains, waterfalls, and sunsets. One of only a handful of artist homes left, Olana stands as a proud example of Orientalist architecture, which focuses on traditions and design from the Eastern world. Access to the 250-acre estate is free, and guided walking, and driving tours are offered on the weekends. Guests can tour the outdoors, marvel at the landscape and architecture of the indoors, explore an electric carriage house, and even take a walking tour that stops along areas depicted in Churchs’ work.
Lyndhurst Manion is one of America’s beautiful Gothic Revival homes built overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown. Surrounded by brilliant landscaping, the house sits in what seems to be the center of its own little park. The home was built in the early 1800s by Alexander Jackson Davis with previous owners, including NYC Mayor William Paulding, railroad tycoon Jay Gould, and merchant George Merritt. Due to COVID-19, the mansion is currently closed for tours, but the grounds are open to the public.
Better known as the John D. Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit is a 40-room historic mansion and museum located in the Pocantico Hills. In Dutch, Kykuit means the lookout which is fitting as the estate sits on the highest point overlooking the Hudson River. The estate has intricately landscaped grounds, colorful gardens, and exquisite interiors. The mansion was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family before it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Guests are encouraged to tour the gardens, art galleries, coach barn, and the home itself.
Boscobel House and Gardens
Boscobel started as a prominent mansion for a wealthy family. The home and surrounding land fell into disrepair and was later demolished. Realizing how essential aspects of the home were to history, preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as they could, which would then be used to reassemble and restore the mansion in a new location. In the 1960s, the museum opened for visitors, showcasing decorative arts from the Federal period. Guests can tour the interior of the home, iconic landscapes, and landmarks, as well as the spectacular gardens surrounding the estate that look out over the Hudson River with added views of the Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery.
Springwood – The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Our 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born, lived, and buried in his Springwood estate located in Hyde Park, New York. Established as a historic site in 1945, the historic mansion is nestled along the east bank of the Hudson River, halfway between New York City and Albany. The property currently serves as a mix of private and public property, with the National Park Service protecting 898 acres. The house was remodeled in an Italian style with a three-story tower at the south end in 1845 and totaled 15 rooms with front and rear piazzas covering the entire length of the house.
Each historic mansion holds a key to the past. The estates are all open to the public with both free and paid tours that allow guests to explore the nooks and crannies of the mansions. Visiting one of these locations is a perfect day trip for those who want to get out and enjoy the lovely summer weather.
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We can help you arrange a short trip or a more extended stay at all of our destinations. You can be picked up in sanitized vehicles of your choice, stay at sanitized hotel rooms, tour local attractions with guides, and enjoy local dining experiences that we help you arrange.
You don’t have to go far to experience a relaxing and rejuvenating summer getaway. Sometimes, the most fun can be had in areas close to you. Discover new locations, get some sun, and enjoy delicious summertime food specialties this summer!