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NY1 combs the five boroughs, the Hudson Valley and Long Island for interesting outdoor activities and places to see.

Lyndhurst Mansion Offers Scenic Window into State's History

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Just up the Hudson in Westchester is a place known for its rolling lawns and national historic importance. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard filed the following report.

It's a sight to be seen. Just a half hour north of New York City you'll find a place famous for its views and history.

"Many people are so surprised when they come here," says Lyndhurst Mansion Executive Director Howard Zar.

The Lyndhurst Mansion set on 67 acres in Tarrytown offers views of the Hudson Valley like no other. The Gothic Revival mansion designed in 1838 has been occupied by many famous people including former New York City Mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

"Right now, there are cable shows that have been filmed here, commercials—so you may
recognize the mansion from TV and movies and not even realize that you've seen it on the screen when you get here," says Zar.

Its rolling lawns are a place visitors have picnics and stroll the gardens.

"It's a nice break from an urban environment and it's a chance to get away and see a more natural setting," says visitor Anne Bilsbarrow.

Did someone say a bowling alley?

"You can see all of our 15 outbuildings, including one of the earliest regulation
bowling allies in the country," says Zar.

Considered the most important Victorian house in the country and a family friendly place, visitors say it is a sure Hudson Valley Hit.

"Bring your kids. Bring your family. Drive in, park your car and just spend the day," Zar says.

"It's combining the best of both worlds," one visitor says.

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