4 Historic Landmarks in Westchester Expand Tour Hours

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Historic Hudson Valley now offers expanded tours at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Union Church, and Kykuit.

Dive into Westchester’s rich history like never before with extended tour hours of four iconic historic sites in Westchester. Due to a high visitor demand, Historic Hudson Valley now offers an expanded, in-depth tour to four National Historic Landmarks.

The landmarks, admired by locals and tourists alike, include Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Union Church at Pocantico Hills, and Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate.

The grounds are open to visitors from Thursdays through Sundays. In addition to these expanded tours, Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate will be expanding its operations to six days a week this fall, starting October 1.

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Tickets for guided tours of the sites are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and young adults, and $10 for children. Tours are free for Historic Hudson Valley members.

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington

Visitors who tour Washington Irving’s Sunnyside get to appreciate the romantic estate that America’s “Founding Father of Literature” created in the 1850s. The estate is located along the Hudson riverbank, offering visitors picturesque views of the river. While most of the structure and furnishings are original to Irving, some have been restored to embody its original character. The grounds will be open for guided tours from Thursday to Sunday until September 10.

Philipsburg Manor

381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow

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Philipsburg Manor dates back to the 1750s, when it was home to 23 enslaved individuals. The manor is the first living history museum to focus on the history of northern slavery. Visitors can tour the grounds from Thursday to Sunday until November 12, and on Saturdays and Sundays from November 18 to December 17.

 

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Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills

Tours of the Union Church showcase the stained-glass windows done by European masters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. The church itself was organized as a non-denominational Protestant church back in 1915, with John D. Rockefeller being one of its founders. The historic landmark will be open for guided tours from Thursdays to Sundays until November 12.

 

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Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate

381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow

The Kykuit home has seen four generations of Rockefellers come through its doors, including John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, and Nelson Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and Vice President of the United States. The home was built between 1906 and 1913. Today, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund aids in operating and maintaining Kykuit while Historic Hudson Valley operates the tours.

The grounds are open for guided tours from Friday to Sunday until October 2; Wednesday to Monday from October 4 to October 2; and Friday to Sunday from November 3 to November 12. Tours of Kykuit are a little pricier than the other sites. Selected Highlights tour tickets cost $25 for adults and $23 for children, young adults, and seniors. Classic tour tickets are $45 for adults and $43 for children, young adults, and seniors. Grand tour tickets go for $65.

 

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