Learn about Westchester's lost treasure. Developed by William A. Rockefeller in 1884, his estate "Rockwood Hall" in Mt. Pleasant in Westchester County, was declared "the second most impressive home in America." Vanderbilt's "Biltmore" in North Carolina was the first. The mansion itself contained 200 - rooms and no expense was spared in its' design, construction, and furnishings. Spanning nearly 1,000 – acres along the Hudson, equal precision was put to the design of the estate landscape, gardens, out buildings and carriage trails. However, by 1941 it would all be gone.
Shrouded in mystery, the remaining foundation and terraced staircases only adds to the allure and intrigue for the many that visit what is now "Rockwood Hall Park."
Local Historian and Researcher Paul Barrett invites us on a tour of this once commanding Gilded-Age estate. Relying on photographs and images (most never available to the general public), his presentation "Rockwood Hall - Inside and Out" will take us around the mansion, into the main hall, through many of the opulently furnished interior rooms, and then guide us through the expansive out-of-doors with views of the lush gardens and estate buildings.
Thursday, 26 July, 2018
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