Saturday, August 26, 2006

Stardate 60652.62 - Weekend Part One

On the way up to Denise and Greg's for the weekend we stopped at Washington Irving's house. Sunnyside, as it is known, is in Tarrytown, NY (part of which was once known as Sleepy Hollow - maybe). The official site, in case you are interested in visiting, is here. Admission was $10 per adult, and even Loren got an admission sticker!

The weather was cloudy and just as our tour started it rained pretty heavily, but it was befitting the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and really set the mood nicely for the tour.

Apparently not many people tour the house on a Friday, as our group consisted of me, Cheryl, Loren, and the guide. Which was just as well, as Loren was getting hungry and bored by the end of the tour and our guide was nice enough to speed things up a bit. By the time the tour ended the rain had stopped and we had the run of the grounds all to ourselves and got some decent pictures taken.

The house was in fantastic shape, and you get to see quite a bit of it. The Irving family held onto it for a long time, until 1945 when the property was acquired by the Sealantic Fund, Inc. a private philanthropy established by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. It opened to the public as a historic site in 1947.

They do Christmas lights for the holidays and we are thinking of going back up there during the holiday season (if we can get a babysitter!).

Afterwards, as rain was still threatening, we decided not to go hiking but instead took the scenic route up to Denise and Greg's, arriving about 10 minutes before Denise got home from work.

To be continued...


1 comment:

Stephanie Pina said...

Oh my, the house looks beautiful! Just living in a house like that, with such atmosphere...I just know that it would feed my imagination. The perfect house for a writer.

Great pictures, you have a beautiful family!