Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Tours and Activities
The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, also known and Hyde Park and now preserved as a museum-style tribute to the Gilded Era, offers a window into American country life and the decadent lives of the country’s elite after the Civil War. The 54-room mansion fronted by Romanesque columns is one of the Hudson River region’s oldest estates, and today houses museum-like collections of more than 6,500 pieces of art, fine objects, and furnishings. Visitors can enjoy views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains during family picnics in the formal and Italian Gardens on the 211-acre grounds, and, in June, July, and August, take-in free evening concerts on the lawn.
On guided tours, visitors traipse up and down more than 100 stairs to explore period-furnished guestrooms with fireplaces on the second floor, ornate sitting rooms and the kitchen on the first floor and even the ice box in the basement. In addition to learning about the home’s former residents and lives of American elite, tours interpret the lives of its domestic staff and surrounding working class communities in the Hudson Valley.
The Hyde Park Trail connects the grounds with the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Park. The Vanderbilt Mansion was purchased by the former president for $1, and preserved within the national park system.
Tours and Activities to Experience Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
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