08 Sep 2020

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Opens to the Public

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Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Opens to the Public

Enjoy the picturesque grounds surrounding the home of “America’s Founding Father of Literature”


SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (July 29, 2020) —Historic Hudson Valley is excited to welcome visitors back to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside for a special outdoor-only experience beginning on August 7, 2020.

Guides are ready to welcome back visitors and help make meaningful connections to our nation’s history. At Sunnyside, visitors can bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful riverside property for an outdoors, touch free experience. Costumed interpreters will also be available to share information about the home of “America’s Founding Father of Literature.” The house will not be open at this time.

Historic site experiences and procedures have been modified to help safeguard the health and safety of visitors, employees, and the community. This includes significantly reducing capacity, requiring face masks or coverings, enhancing cleaning protocols, and implementing advanced timed tickets with no tickets sold on site. Visitors also agree to follow Historic Hudson Valley’s COVID Courtesy Code (more information available here).


Reduced capacity 2-hour time slots are available Friday-Sunday at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit hudsonvalley.org.


More About Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County’s largest cultural organization, educates and entertains more than 300,000 visitors a year through school programs, tours of five National Historic Landmarks, and large-scale events like The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and Horseman’s Hollow.


From its lower Hudson Valley base of operations, Historic Hudson Valley focuses on delivering quality educational and entertaining experiences, striking a balance between tradition and vision, from preserving the past, to contextualizing it for 21st-century audiences.


Historic Hudson Valley operates tours and public programming at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, Philipsburg Manor, Union Church, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, and Van Cortlandt Manor. These sites help Historic Hudson Valley make meaning for visitors in a variety of settings, including traditional house and landscape tours, formal educational programs for school children, popular on-site special events, and digital media.

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