635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Description: Lyndhurst was the home of three families over a period of 120 years, including that of Robber Baron Jay Gould.
Visitors to the new Halloween attraction, "Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities," will be guided through the eerily lit and decorated Lyndhurst mansion by a staff of spooky servants who are stationed throughout. They will be introduced to an undead uncle whose breath betrays a taste for the unspeakable, a wacky aunt whose crystal ball has a short-circuit to the netherworld, the strange son who can't stop playing dirges on his harpsichord, and the miserly father who is still counting his pound of flesh, even though he's become a complete skeleton.
The mansion's spectacular dining room will be set for Halloween dinner but with fingers in the finger bowls and Mrs. Lovett doing the cooking. Visitors are warned not to go into the basement kitchen lest they risk ending up on the dinner menu. The mansion will be specially lit, and there will be music and live actors throughout the house. Visitors will be able to experience the spectacular gothic castle at night and in a way rarely seen.
This event has timed entry. Please arrive 20 minutes before the entry time stamped on your ticket in order to have time to park and check in. Check-in takes place in the Carriage House. You will be escorted down the path to the Mansion in time to enter. Costumes are encouraged. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Proof of age may be required.
Accessibility: Lyndhurst welcomes all visitors, but please note that all tours of Lyndhurst require walking on hilly grounds and the ability to be standing for approximately one hour. Only the first floor of the mansion is handicapped accessible. Please alert Lyndhurst staff to any special needs in advance of your visit. Limited parking is available for guests with special needs. If necessary, a motorized cart (driven by a Lyndhurst staff member) will be made available for guests.
Oct. 18-20, 25-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 3. For the complete schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit showclix.com/event/jay_ghoul. Entrance by timed admission.
Venue Description: Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is a must-see for those interested in art and architecture from the past. This 67-acre estate is one of the great domestic landmarks in America and filled with 19th-century architecture, arts, and landscape design. It is located in Tarrytown, not far from Washington Irving's Sunnyside, and you can detect the historic and aesthetic traits that these two venues share. Walk the Croton Aqueduct Trail from Lyndhurst to West Sunnyside Lane (Lyndhurst and Sunnyside will also be linked by a pathway along the riverfront soon) and enjoy kayaking on the river in the warm summer months.
Lyndhurst was originally designed in 1838 in the Gothic Revival style by Alexander Jackson Davis, who also designed most of the furniture and later doubled the size of the estate. Jay Gould, the prototypical robber baron, purchased the property in 1880, added a greenhouse in the Gothic style, and renamed it Lyndhurst. He hired the Herter Brothers to redecorate and they added many paintings that are still present today. Ferdinand Mangold is responsible for the "garden-esque" landscape, which most notably features spectacular specimen trees.
The grounds are open from dusk until dawn every day, with varying prices and hours for the separate buildings. For more information, call 914-631-4481 or visit lyndhurst.org.