Sunnyside (Tarrytown, New York)

Sunnyside (Tarrytown, New York)


Sunnyside (Tarrytown, New York)

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Sunnyside is a historic house on 10 acres (4 ha) of grounds alongside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. It was formerly the home of noted early American author Washington Irving, best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", and is a National Historic Landmark.National Park Service, . Retrieved June 4, 2007.


Early history

In some sense, Sunnyside began almost 200 years before Irving with Wolfert Acker (sometimes spelled Wolfert Eckert), a Dutch-American inhabitant of the region. His property, "Wolfert's Roost", was part of the Manor of Philipsburg; it contained the simple two-room cottage (built 1656) and surrounding land. It came into the Van Tassell family, who owned it until 1802. That year, were deeded to the family of Benson Ferris, one-time clerk of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, whose wife, Maria Acker, was a descendant of Wolfert Acker.

Washington Irving

In 1832, Washington Irving visited his nephew Oscar Irving who lived near the Hudson River. Near Oscar's property was a small parcel of land and a run-down farmhouse formerly owned by the Van Tassell family. Irving had recently undertaken a substantial trip through the prairies of the Arkansas River and Mississippi River and the frontier lifestyle made him lament his lack of a...
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