In The Heart of the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Historic Homes near 1850 House Inn & Tavern
FDR's Springwood Home, Presidential Library, Val-Kill and Top Cottage
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of America's greatest Presidents and his home and Presidential Library are an easy distance to travel from The 1850 House Inn & Tavern. Located in the beautiful Hyde Park, you can stroll through his childhood home, Springwood. Visit the first Presidential Library dedicated to FDR, his life and his Presidency. Also, visit Eleanor Roosevelt's pride and joy- Val-Kill. The location of the famous hot dog picnic with the King and Queen of England and Eleanor's school of carpentry. Top cottage is also a possible stop along the way.
The Vanderbilt Mansion
The Vanderbilt Mansion located in Hyde Park is a fantastic part of any trip. Fans of Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs will delight in the period details contained in this beautiful mansion and grounds. Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates.
With 211 acres of land, the grounds make a great place to picnic or stroll along the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River.
The 250 acre integrated environment of famed Hudson River School Painter Frederic Church is a Persian style mansion full of art and architecture designed to incorporate the landscape, farms and views. The contents of the house today, accumulated by Church over a 30-year period, include furniture, tapestries, rugs, bronzes, paintings, sculptures, and the myriad objects collected by Church to represent the major civilizations and religions of the world. The color scheme and stenciling that Church designed in 1870 remain, and from Church's studio the visitor can still see the vistas recorded in Church's paintings.
Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse by architect A. J. Davis. Today the estate, with miles of carriage roads, landscaped grounds, historic gardens and Hudson River views, is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve established by Annette Innis Young, whose inherited collections of art and antiques are exhibited in the mansion’s 25 rooms.
This 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time. The mansion includes beautiful classical revival exteriors designed by Davis. Visible from the mansion's terrace and north pavilion are inspiring vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. The woodland trails, laid out more than 100 years ago, lead through a hemlock and mixed hardwood forest to the cascading waterfalls of the Saw Kill.
In 1852, Thomas Holy Suckley, a businessman and real-estate investor as well as a member of the wealthy Beekman and Livingston family, purchased the river-front property, which until then had served as a sheep meadow for the adjacent Wildercliff estate. Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne chose the property as a building site for their mansion, because they considered the landscape a good match for their picturesque aesthetic ideal. The name "Wilderstein" ("wild stone" in German) was chosen by Suckley to allude to an American Indian petroglyph found nearby and reflect the site's historical significance.