Historic Site Visits

From boat trips on the Hudson, to visits to historic river mansions and more!

Tour of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York

Thomas Cole, founder of The Hudson River School, the first major art movement in America that inspired Bronxville’s great landscape artists, proclaimed, “The Hudson, for natural magnificence, is unsurpassed.” On September 23, 2018, members and friends of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy enjoyed that very magnificence — and a good deal...
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New York’s Historic Waterways on the Manhattan II

in 2016, members and guests of the Conservancy circumnavigated New York City in September in historic style in the beautifully crafted Manhattan II. Inspired by 1920’s private yacht designs, the 100-foot boat with 22-foot beam, teak decks, spectacular cabin with mahogany finishes and all-glass observatory was the perfect setting to...
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Essex and the Connecticut River Museum

Departing from the pier at the World’s Fair Marina in Queens on a lovely Sunday September morning in 2015, members and guests cruised Long Island Sound and up the Connecticut River to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. The museum, an 1878 Steamboat Warehouse, was established in 1974 and...
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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...
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A Visit to Eagle’s Nest, William K. Vanderbilt’s Estate

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, 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....
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New Paltz

By all accounts, 2012’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...
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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. Considered one of the nation’s leading historic house museums, Boscobel...
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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...
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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.
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