Hudson River Valley, New York (yesterday)
Before I left the house today and enjoyed the headline and picture in the local paper, I walked down to the house where the float was being finished off. The wheel turned, the scarecrow’s arms moved just as if it was full of straw, and the float was loaded onto the trailer ready to participate in the parade. Being Saturday, I thought getting off the Island would be easier than getting on across all the bridges on Friday afternoon, but the traffic was horrific. I think I shared the road with more cars in the last 12 hours than in the last 40 days of my trip.
I made two stops today. First I went to Tarrytown which is home to several estates, Philipsburg Manor (portrayed in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Lyndhurst (“a baronial Gothic Revival home”), and Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s home). In the spirit of Halloween events were being held at several of the homes. Philipsburg Manor operates as a haunted house at night…that would have been fun to attend!
I chose to visit Washington Irving’s home. Washington Irving was the first famous, American author who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. The events of the day at Sunnyside included a magic show, a story-telling time, a spooky walk, scarecrow-making and more. I toured Irving’s home which he purchased in 1835. He spent the next several years remodeling the small stone cottage by adding a variety of romantic architecture features to the building including a Spanish tower, an Italian Piazza, and Dutch-stepped gables.
After my visit to Sunnyside, I took the dogs to Manitoga, the home and designed landscape of Russel Wright. In 1930’s through the 1950’s, Wright was one of the best known designers of home furnishings in America. He sounds like someone my mom would know. Wright purchased an 80 acre parcel of land in 1942 that had been damaged by logging and quarrying. Over the next 30 years, Wright restored the land making the area full of trails to look completely natural.
After our walk through the woods, we headed back to the Walmart where we stayed a few days ago after I stopped for a healthy dinner at Cracker Barrel. ETB