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Washington Irving's Sunnyside

Map89 W Sunnyside Lane
Tarrytown, NY
  • Historic Properties


This romantic, riverfront home was designed by Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Every Thursday in May and September, visitors can enjoy a country tea after a guided tour of the house and gardens; candlelight tours are offered during the winter holidays. The house is a blend of historical and architectural styles, representing Irving's many interests. The interior is furnished with original objects belonging to Irving and his family, including an oak desk given to Irving by publisher G.P. Putnam.

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Best Holiday Event for Children - Winter Wonderlights 2009

Inspired by Rip Van Winkle’s oversize nap, Sunnyside trans- forms into a surreal dreamscape unlike any wintry spread we’ve ever seen before. It takes two miles of electroluminescent wire, 1,500 feet of rope light, 571 lighting fixtures, and 14.7 miles of electrical cable—68,965 individual points of light in total—to create the glowing snowflakes, mushrooms, wild patterns, exotic animals, and even an illuminated game of 10-pin. Forget visions of sugar-plums; your kids will want to see these dreamy scenes dancing through their heads instead.

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