VISITING THE KYKUIT- ROCKEFELLER ESTATE

By Anthony Gadaleta


Looking to discover a true historical gem in the Hudson Valley? Head to the Kykuit Rockefeller Estate in historic Sleepy Hollow, a town notably known for the Headless Horseman and a revolutionary past is now a quaint community with a walkable tree-lined main street and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you can find the famous Old Dutch Church and plenty of ancient gravestones for those who have a keen interest in generations of past American history.






Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate is a prestigious and grand destination that offers a glimpse into the four generations of Rockefellars that have resided there. The property is located in the charming town of Sleepy Hollow set atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River with breathtaking views to be explored inside in its grand majesty and outdoors in its ornate gardens. As the leaves begin to change and fall foliage draws closer this autumn season, you will be able to witness a wide array of colors splashing across the natural landscape as this sophisticated landmark oasis aims to impress it’s visitors time after time.





The property was owned by the Rockefeller family over four generations during the 18th and 19th centuries. They are long known as the founders of standard oil which were a major boom during the Industrial Revolution which took them to new heights of wealth and fortune and purchasing and constructing this incredible property that is now named Kykuit. It is now under the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has been maintained by this organization for over 100 years.


The property is comprised of a total of 40 rooms, an outdoor garden, and even an art collection owned by the Rockefellars during their travels across the globe that they returned with them to Kykuit. The property is modeled in a European classical architecture resembling Greek and Roman aspects that showcase wealth and power. Meander its impressive rooms and corridors or admire the flora and artistic impressions in its outdoor gardens where you can find one-of-a-kind sweeping views of the Hudson. Be sure to bring along a camera for landscape, architecture, art, and nature photographs!





You can tour this incredible estate through a Classic, Grand, or Landmark Tour depending on what experience you may choose during your visit there. For more information and inquiries visit hudsonvalley.org.


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