January 21, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc
Historic Hudson Valley operates several properties along the Hudson River, giving visitors a chance to see what life was like in the valley in a number of different periods. At Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, visitors can step into the time of the American Revolution. The manor provides an introduction to life in the post-revolution New Nation era by following the lives of the Van Cortlandts.
The Van Cortlandts, one of the preeminent families in postcolonial New York, helped shape some of the defining political moments of the nation. They were active in the debates between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, and they faced religious and economic upheaval. Tours of the property explore the history of those events and examine the details of everyday activities. Visitors to the home can see gardens stocked with medicinal and culinary plants as well as one of the biggest 18th-century kitchens in the United States. Van Cortlandt Manor also houses a large collection of period furnishings from the Hudson Valley. Tours cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children, with group prices available for parties of 10 or more.