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Great Estates

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Putnam County
Westchester County
Orange County
Dutchess County
Columbia County
Rensselaer County
Albany County
Greene County
Putnam County
"Boscobel is an elegant, neo-classical mansion sited high above the Hudson River in the Hudson Highlands about fifty miles north of New York City."
Westchester County
Cropsey Homestead
"The Cropsey Homestead, also known as Ever Rest, was built in 1835 and purchased by Jasper F. Cropsey in 1885. Cropsey extended Ever Rest by adding an artist's studio to it in 1885"
"Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit commands a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and occupies a landscape of extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, and glorious fountains."
"Lyndhurst was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) in the Gothic Revival style"on 67 acres.
Philipsburg Manor
"Philipsburg Manor (was) once the headquarters of an enormous Hudson Valley manor, the site vividly interprets aspects of the history of colonial New York and the system of racially-based slavery which helped keep the estate running in the 18th century."
"Sunnyside is the meticulously restored and charmingly picturesque home of renowned author Washington Irving. This important house and landscape enjoys a quiet and unspoiled riverside setting in Tarrytown, New York."
Van Cortlandt Manor
"Van Cortlandt Manor, situated on the banks of the Croton River in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, is a working estate and elegant country house that brings the new nation period vividly to life."
Orange County
The Crawford House
"The Crawford House is the neo-classical 1830's residence of David Crawford, a civic leader and maritime entrepreneur, who contributed greatly to the growth of (Newburgh) business in the first half of the 19th century. The Crawford House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as a community resource center, and is open to the public on a regular basis."
Dutchess County
Locust Grove
Samuel F.B. Morse bought Locust Grove in 1847, and renovated the Georgian house, with Alexander Jackson Davis, into a Tuscan Villa that featured a new north and south wing, four-story tower facing the Hudson, and a porte-cochere. The Youngs, a society family of Poughkeepsie, purchased the estate in 1901 and maintained much of the architecture and grounds as Morse left them, while contributing a sense of early 20th century society life to the site.
Mills Mansion
"Mills Mansion is an elegant example of the great estates built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age."
Montgomery Place
"Montgomery Place is best known as an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing."
Springside, the former home of Matthew Vassar, best known for founding of Vassar College in 1861, was designed by Andrew Jackson Downing.
Wilderstein, in Rhinecliff, is a three-story Queen Anne style country house featuring a 5 story circular tower, interior design by Joseph Burr Tifffany, and landscaping by Calvert Vaux.
Vanderbilt's Mansion
Frederick Vanderbilt's Mansion in Hyde Park, built between 1895 and 1898, was designed by Charles Follen McKim of the firm McKim, Mead, and White. The grounds are extensively landscaped with a wide variety of trees and gardens.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site 
The National Park Service operates the Franklin D. Roosevelt home, Springwood, and library, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt's property, VallKill in Hyde Park.
Mount Gulian
"Mount Gulian is the Verplanck family homestead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home was originally built by Gulian Verplanck, a prominent Dutch merchant, between 1730 and 1740.
Columbia County
"Clermont was the Hudson River seat of the politically and socially prominent Livingston family of New York for more than 230 years. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the architecture, room interiors, and landscape at Clermont."
Widely regarded as his last great work, Frederich Church began working with Calvert Vaux to design Olana along the lines of a Moorish Villa in 1870 and finished the exterior by 1872. The studio was added in 1891, and enjoys a view of the Hudson River valley and the Catskills to the west.
Rensselaer County
Crailo State Historic Site
Crailo State Historic Site is a museum of the Dutch in the upper Hudson Valley.
Albany County
Historic Cherry Hill
"Built as a farmhouse on 900 acres in the same year the United States Constitution was drafted, Cherry Hill today sits on the crest of a five-acre wooded hill overlooking the Hudson River in the South End of Albany, New York. This 18th-century Georgian-style house was the heart and home of a five-generation Albany Family."
Schuyler's mansion
"Completed in 1763 and built in the elegant Georgian style, Schuyler's mansion evoked the praise of many travelers who described it in their journals. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Benedict Arnold were among Schuyler's visitors Schuyler Mansion, on its small urban plot, is all that remains of an estate that once embraced elaborate gardens, orchards, fields, and numerous farm buildings."
Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley's mission is to preserve the culture, landscape and history of the Hudson River Valley, and to present this heritage to the public through educational outreach, daily programming at historic properties, and special events.
Hudson River Heritage
Hudson River Heritage (HRH) is a nonprofit membership organization committed to preserving the unique character of the Mid-Hudson Valley's historic architecture, rural landscapes and scenic view sheds through advocacy and education.
Greene County
Cedar Grove
"Cedar Grove, the home of Thomas Cole, is one of a very limited number of National Historic Landmarks having extraordinary significance in the cultural development of the United States... it was here...that Thomas Cole established a tradition of native American landscape painting which continues to grow in importance and has come to be identified as the Hudson River School of Art."