Lyndhurst Castle

The Gothic Revival Mansion on the Hudson River named " Lyndhurst" is of historical interest to John and Betty Taylor More descendants. Cousin Jay Gould (Genealogical Number 326, Alexander Line) was the third owner of the property which he used as a summer retreat from New York "society."

Jay Gould is America's 9th wealthiest man of all time! He was born in Roxbury, New York, in 1836, and after early careers as a bookkeeper and a surveyor, a brief stint in the leather-tanning industry brought him to New York City. He married Helen Day Miller and they had six children. He purchased the estate in 1880 at the zenith of his power.

Gould was one of the railroad baron's of the 19th century and owned the Union Pacific Railroad, the Western Union Telegraph Company, and Manattan Elevated. He used Lyndhurst as an escape from the pressures of business life. When his health was impaired by tuberculosis, Lyndhurst served as a country retreat until his death in 1892, leaving a fortune of $70 million.

Jay Gould's daughter, Helen, who later married Finley J. Shephard, was given charge of the property upon her father's death. She was involved in numerous philanthropic works during her lifetime. After her death in 1938, her sister, Anna, Duchess of Talleyrand-Perigord, returned from France and maintained Lyndhurst until her death in 1961 when the 67-acre estate passed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Today, the mansion is open to the public and the National Trust offers self-guided tours for individuals and groups, as well as catered functions and internships. The estate also features a Carriage House Cafe and Lyndhurst Museum Shop.

 

Location: 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, New York. It is approximately 1/2 mile south of the New York State Thruway (I-87) at the Tappan Zee Bridge on U.S. Route 9.

Driving Directions: From Westbound 287, take 287 west to the last exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge marked Route 9 Tarrytown. Take a left onto 119 at the first stop light and a left (south) onto Route 9 at the second stop light. The Lyndhurst gates are 1/2 mile on the right (river side).

From Eastbound 287, take 287 east across the Tappan Zee Bridge. Immediatley after the toll booth, take the first exit, Exit 9. Turn left (south) onto Route 9 and proceed 1/2 mile to the Lyndhurst gates on the right (river side).

You can also reach Lyndhurst by boat from Manhattan's Pier 78. Visit the Lyndhurst Web Site or call 914-631-4481.