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.
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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