Saturday, November 22, 2008

Before Miriam Kalnicki and Jason Carter's Wedding, Doug and I Explore the Historic Hudson Valley/Great Estates Region

Miriam Kalnicki and Jason Carter were getting married Saturday evening, November 8, so Doug and I, along with close friends Jim and Carla Mattson, did some sightseeing earlier in the day. We stayed at the Tarrytown House Estate for the weekend and were happy to learn that the historic, yet active, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was only a few miles south of the hotel. It was a beautiful fall morning to explore the 90-acre site, where Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, Walter Chrysler, Elizabeth Arden and Leona Helmsley are buried.
Before leaving the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Doug stopped at the gravesite of Washington Irving, America's first internationally famous author and best remembered for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Irving's riverside cottage, Sunnyside, is about 4 miles south of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.
After exploring historic sites in Sleepy Hollow, Jim and Carla/Doug and I decided to stay on Rte. 9 and drive along the Hudson River to Hyde Park, New York, to visit the Presidential Library and Museum of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It's America's first Presidential Library and the only one used by a sitting President. It contains more than 17 million pages of documents, including the papers of President and Mrs. Roosevelt and many of their associates. Before leaving, Jim (left) and Doug stopped by the burial site of F.D.R. (1945) and Eleanor (1962). Fala, the President's beloved black Scottish terrier, is also buried there. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and give it a "10" if you're visiting the Historic Hudson Valley region.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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