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Special Excursions

Special Excursions

Each fall, for the past 15 years, members and their guests have enjoyed a resoundingly popular daylong boat cruise. Among the historic sites visited on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound are Edgewater, Olana, Montgomery Place, West Point, Old Lyme, the Mills Mansion, Historic Huguenot Street and most recently the Vanderbilt mansion in Centerport, NY.

2016 | Cruise New York's Historic Waterways on the Manhattan II with Expert Guide

Join the Bronxville Historical Conservancy as we cruise New York’s historic waterways on the Manhattan II. Inspired by 1920’s private yacht designs, the Manhattan II is 100-foot boat with a 22-foot beam; Its teak decks, spectacular cabin with mahogany finishes and all-glass observatory boast modern conveniences while preserving the elegance of a bygone era.

The NY chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and the BHC have selected an expert guide who will provide a special program just for BHC members and friends on the historical development of New York City, its harbor and its buildings.

See Photos from the Cruise

2015 | Essex and the Connecticut River Museum

Members and their guests are invited to join us for the 2015 Boat Trip on Long Island Sound and up the Connecticut River to the Connecticut River Museum.  Tickets are $125. per person.  The charge includes the cost of the ferry, admission, lunch and hors d’oeuvres.  A cash bar will be available on board.  Please make checks payable to Bronxville Historical Conservancy and mail payment to Bronxville Historical Conservancy Boat Trip, Box 989, Bronxville, NY 10708.

For questions or additional information, please contact Judy Unis at 917-572-6422 or

2014 | A Hudson River cruise to Staten Island and Historic Richmond Town

The area that is now Historic Richmond Town’s main site served for nearly two centuries as the government center of Staten Island (Richmond County). After Staten Island became one of the five boroughs of New York City in 1898, the county offices were gradually moved to the northern part of Staten Island, closer to Manhattan. Richmond Town became a quiet community as government offices, and the many businesses that served them, left the neighborhood.

2013 | A Visit to Eagle’s Nest, William K. Vanderbilt’s Estate

On Sunday, October 6, the Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s annual boat cruise headed down the Hudson River around lower Manhattan, up the East River and into Long Island Sound. This year’s destination was Eagle’s Nest, the estate of William K. Vanderbilt II in Centerport, NY, on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

2012 | New Paltz

By all accounts, this year’s Bronxville Historical Conservancy Boat Cruise up the Hudson River to Historic Huguenot Street near Poughkeepsie was a huge success. The weather was perfect for the 66-mile trip north on the river — as the boat traveled under countless bridges, around majestic twists and turns, past West Point and many historic sites along the way.

2011 | By Boat to Boscobel

On September 25th, the Conservancy’s fall cruise again took us north on the Hudson River for a private tour of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY, located on 68 acres on the east bank of the Hudson overlooking West Point.

2011 | Bryn Athyn Historic Tour

Bronxville Historical Conservancy members traveled – by comfy coach this time – to beautiful, historic Bryn Athyn on the outskirts of Philadelphia, boyhood home of longtime Bronxville resident Brent Pendleton, and recently designated a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours were provided by the extraordinary Bryn Athyn education staff on a lovely spring day. Brent traveled with the group and provided interesting insights into and anecdotes of his life there.

2010 | A visit to Battery Park and Governor's Island

Members and guests cruised to Governor’s Island and Battery Park. Special commentary by Bronxville resident Jay Urstadt, who sketched out the original plans for the former landfill, made this trip especially delightful.

2009 | Back, by demand, to Edgewater!

A second breathtaking visit back in history to the 1825 estate known as Edgewater, lovingly restored by Richard Jenrette.

2008 | Hyde and Go Seek!

A cruise up the Hudson River this year took us in search of history at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s beloved Hyde Park.

2007 | "Milling About" another happy, historical day on the Hudson

One hundred and sixty Conservancy members and guests boarded the fast ferry Seastreak and headed north on the Hudson to explore the Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, New York.

2006 | A Twist of Old Lyme

This year, Conservancy members and guests cruised along the Long Island Sound to Old Saybrook, then boarded buses to Old Lyme, Connecticut, where they had the opportunity to view works of art by the Lyme Art Colony in a grand old home overlooking the meandering Lieutenant River, a tidal waterway that is hugged by graceful old trees and tickled by tall marsh grasses.

2005 | Getting Right to the Point

The cemetery where former Bronxville resident Elizabeth Custer is buried in West Point was just one of the sensational sites seen on this year’s boat trip.  After a salute to our nation’s oldest military institution, the crew sailed south down the Hudson River to the mouth of New York Harbor where Lady Liberty dwells.  Spectacular sights of the city skyline as the sun slowly sank into glittering waters brought the fun day to an end.

2004 | Up a Lazy River

A visit to historic Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson was the perfect way to spend a glorious Sunday fall afternoon, touring the estate’s 434 acres of rolling lawns, woodlands along the Sawkill cataracts, a 1920s garden and the centerpiece of the estate – a mansion built by the great 19th century architect A.J. Davis.

2003 | Oh, Olana!

The historical sky top home of Frederic Church, the eminent 19th century landscape artist, was the destination.  All who headed up the Hudson on that day were inspired by a bold vision, thoughtfully preserved.

2002 | Rolling on the River!

Magnificence was the word of the day as Conservancy members accepted an invitation from Brendan Gill speaker Richard Jenrette to visit one of his historic mansions on the Hudson River, Edgewater.  With sensational views across sloping lawns graced by 200-year old locust, basswood and willow trees, this impressively restored estate was simply spectacular.