Spooky looking place.  It was actually used  as the set for the 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows, and the 1971 movie Night of Dark Shadows.  It’s Lyndhurst Mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY.   This is the front facade looking onto the park.  The other side of the house looks down on the Hudson.

Wikipedia has this to say about Lyndhurst:

Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, the house has been owned by New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr., merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. In 1961, Gould’s daughter Anna Gould donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public. The house was first named “Knoll”, although critics quickly dubbed it “Paulding’s Folly” because of its unusual design that includes fanciful turrets and asymmetrical outline. Its limestone exterior was quarried at Sing Sing (now known as Ossining). The second owner, Merritt, doubled the house’s size in 1864–65 and renamed it “Lyndenhurst” for the estate’s linden trees. His new north wing added an imposing four-story tower, new porte-cochere (the old one was reworked as a glass-walled vestibule) and a new dining room, two bedrooms, and servants’ quarters. Gould purchased the property in 1880 for use as a country house, shortened its name to “Lyndhurst” and occupied it until his death in 1892.

It’s actually a very pleasant location.  Numerous events (craft fairs, garden fairs, concerts, lectures etc. ) are held there.  For more information see the National Trust website for Lyndhurst .  They also hold weddings there.

As with the old Baxter Cemetery I couldn’t resist the temptation to give this an “antique” look.


Main Entrance


Chairs on the porch


Statue in the gardens


View from the Hudson River side (taken at a different time)




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