The Jay Gould Estate, also known as Lyndhurst, was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838. The estate is located in Tarrytown, NY which is one of our favorite destinations for day trips. It’s about a 35 to 44 minute Metro-North train ride from Grand Central depending if you take the express or local train. It’s also my favorite train route and if you read my posts regularly, you know I love trains, choo choo!
Lyndhurst was first owned by the mayor of NYC William Paulding, Jr., then by George Merritt (merchant), and lastly Jay Gould (railroad tycoon). NY owes it to Anna Gould, daughter of Jay, who donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. Gould bought the property in 1880 to use as a country house.
The exterior is made of limestone that was quarried from Sing Sing which is located in Ossining, NY.
The original mansion was smaller and was named ‘Knoll’ but was soon renamed to ‘Paulding’s Folly’ because of the mansions unusual design (asymmetrical outside and fancy turrets). George Merritt, the second owner doubled the size of the house. Construction lasted from 1864-1865 and he renamed the estate ‘Lyndenhurst’ for all the linden trees on the property. Gould shortened the name to ‘Lyndhurst’. Compared to other estates along the Hudson Valley, Lyndhurst is modest. Another thing that stands out is it’s Gothic character.
The mansion is surrounded by an English styled park. Merritt hired Ferdinand Mangold to design it. The surrounding swamps were drained and cultivated into lawns, trees, and a conservatory was built. The park was the first of it’s kind along the Hudson River. It’s a good example of 19th century landscape design.
There’s a bowling alley on the property, how cool is that? I’d love a bowling alley on my property if I could afford vast amounts of land and an animal sanctuary.
Lyndurst has been featured in a few TV shows and movies ; NBC’s The Blacklist, ABC’s Forever, Reversal of Fortune, etc.
Tours of the mansion are offered, you’ll get to visit the first and second floors on a tour. I’m guessing they don’t allow photography inside the mansion since we don’t have any. We went on this tour a while ago so I don’t remember that much. I didn’t take notes back then either.
We even got to see some deer! Love seeing deer because we don’t get out of the city that often. Can still count the numbers of deer I’ve seen on two hands.
The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail passes along the property as well. This really is one of our favorite escapes from the concrete jungle because it’s so close to Manhattan. It’s about a 50 minute train ride from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Grand Central so this is a really easy commute for us. We can visit towns, mansions, walk, and hike without driving.