October 04, 2012 through October 31, 2012
Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
Dare to enter the dark shadows of the Lyndhurst mansion as grey day turns into black night. Spooky as a mansion standing alone in a large property may be at any time, after dark Lyndhurst bears additional psychic residue as the site of the first two Dark Shadows movies, wherein vampires, succubae, and assorted ghosts held sway. Besides Barnabas Collins and his relatives, Lyndhurst was the home of three additional families over a period of 120 years, including that of Robber Baron Jay Gould. So who knows what modern visitors may discover in the flickering shadows and evocative sounds of Lyndhurst After Dark? Visit in the shadows or in darkest night, beginning October 4 and continuing throughout the month. Costumes are encouraged. For the complete schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit showclix.com/event/afterdark. Historic Tours with a Halloween twist will be offered in the light of day Thursdays through Sundays, on variable schedules. Hitherto unseen objects will be on display to reflect the season. Space is limited. Advanced ticketing is recommended: showclix.com/event/twist. Open Thursdays-Sundays in October, and Columbus Day (Oct. 8), and every day from Oct. 25 through Oct. 31. Please note: 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.
Address: 635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
The grounds at Lyndhurst survive as an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design. Elements include sweeping lawns accented with shrubs and specimen trees, the curving entrance drive revealing “surprise” views, the angular repetition of the Gothic roofline in the evergreens, and the nation’s first steel-framed conservatory. The rose garden and fernery are later additions.
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