In the 18th and 19th centuries, the lush landscape along the Hudson River attracted New York’s wealthiest families—the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers among them—who built palatial Gilded Age estates. Now, many of these homes are national historic sites, maintained by the federal or state government, and open for all to explore.
There’s no one defining architectural style to these homes; some were designed as opulent Beaux Arts confections, while others were inspired by more humble Federal-style architecture. If there’s one common link, it’s that visiting these homes allows you to see how New York’s most prominent families lived, and what drew them to this region all those years ago.
Here now is a list of 11 of the best historic homes in upstate New York—but take note, most can only be accessed through guided tours, so be sure to sign up beforehand.Read More