If you are a movie buff with a keen eye for set locations, you may recognize this Gothic Revival country house near Tarrytown, New York. It has been featured in several movies like: House of Dark Shadows (1970); Night of Dark Shadows (1971); and, The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t a.k.a The Night Dracula Saved the World which aired on ABC and later the Disney Channel in the 1990′s.
This regal/slightly spooky limestone structure is today known as Lyndhurst. But it wasn’t always called that.
Built in 1838 and designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, the manor was first named “Knoll“.
It was commissioned by former New York City mayor William Paulding, Junior. Cynical members of the press nicknamed it “Paulding’s Folly” because of its resemblance to a European castle.
The second owner, George Merritt, renamed the house “Lyndenhurst“ after the estate’s many linden trees. To him, the castle wasn’t big enough so he hired the original architect and doubled the house’s size!
In 1880 Merritt sold the home to Jay Gould (not to be confused with Jay Gatsby.) Gould was the one who shortened the estate’s name to “Lyndhurst”. He used the estate as his summer home until he died in 1892.
Gould’s daughter Anna eventually inherited the property. Upon her death in 1961, Lyndhurst was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public as a museum.
Lyndhurst is notable for its extensive collection of original furnishings and decorative arts.
Have a look inside what is known as one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the Americas….
My blogger friend and fellow house fanatic Sue over at Housekaboodle alerted me to this amazing property on the market in Cornish, Maine. (“It looks like your sort of thing“)
Heck yeah! Sue knows me well - I am a major sucker for antique Cape Cod houses!
But this particular spread is known as the Noah Weeks farmstead. It comes with an old barn and outbuildings on 10 acres of land.
The house has an attached Janco greenhouse which makes me want to throw on a gardening apron and put my hands in some dirt:
The property also includes an organic veggie garden, but we’re more interested in the 200+ year-old house, right? Let’s have a look inside…
Are you a fan of American Horror Story: Coven? If yes, then you might recognize this house from the start of season 3. Scenes from the first episode – “Bitchcraft” - were filmed here on location, so this is the real deal.
A reader of my blog requested that I dig up some info on this lovely mansion - so here it is….
In actuality this grand plantation-style home is called The Buckner Mansion, but in the AHS show this was the fictitious Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
The southern beauty is dated to 1853 when cotton king Henry Sullivan Buckner commissioned architect Lewis E. Reynolds to build a large mansion in the heart of New Orleans’ Garden District.
It is massive for its antebellum roots, measuring in at 20,000 square feet! I couldn’t even find an exterior photo that adequately displayed the house in its entirety.
This is apparently the largest pre Civil War era home in the entire city of New Orleans.
On my recent trip to Leadville, Colorado I had the chance to visit the Healy House Museum which sits on a prominent hill overlooking the high mountain town. [If you missed my last post about Leadville, you can view it here]
The Healy House Museum is actually a complex with a gift shop, heritage gardens, and a preserved 1870′s log cabin that had been moved to the grounds some time ago.
Both the house and the cabin are impressive in their own right and camera-happy Sarah snapped a gazillion pictures to share with you.
Let me start with Dexter Cabin because that was the first structure we toured.
If you think you’ve seen your share of rustic historic cabins, well, you are in a for a BIG surprise.
When we walked through the simple wood door of the tiny log-sided cabin, this is what greeted us:
The Inn at Woodhaven is a historic bed & breakfast located in Louisville, Kentucky.
I can’t even tell you how I stumbled upon this charmer, but I’m glad I did.
The Inn actually encompasses 3 buildings:
~ The Main House ~
~ Rose Cottage ~
~ The Carriage House ~
Within these 3 structures, there are a total of 8 luxurious guest suites.
The Inn at Woodhaven is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main house and carriage house date back to 1853 and may be based on designs from Andrew Jackson Downing who is famous for championing American Gothic Revival architecture.
The original owner was prominent Kentucky farmer Theodore Brown, who named the estate ”Woodview”. Subsequent owners in the 1920′s renamed the property Woodhaven (has a better ring to it, I guess).
The lovely house and carriage house were sold to developers in the 1970′s and were very close to being demolished when they were rescued by a preservationist who spent 3 years restoring the main house. (Hallelujah!!) In 1993, the current owner purchased the property and continued the restorations, as well as constructing Rose Cottage in 1998.