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Five Famous Estates in New York State

When you properly plan your estate, you create a legacy that will outlive you. In some cases, these estates withstand history and become famous in their respective locales.

Check out our list of 5 famous estates within driving distance of New York City.

#1: Washington Irving’s “Sunnyside”

The cottage-home of writer, Washington Irving, reflects the fairytale landscape he wrote about in “Rip Van Winkle” (1819) and “Sleepy Hollow” (1820). Irving described “Sunnyside,” as “a little old-fashioned stone mansion, all made up of gable-ends, and as full of angles and corners as an old cocked hat,” and he lived in the home until his death. Now, the residence and Irving’s possessions are displayed as a museum. The property remains the same as when Irving lived in it and tours are available from May to early November.

The cottage is just over 40 minutes away by metro.

#2: Jasper Cropsey’s “Ever Rest”

When he and his wife, Maria, were alive, Ever Rest served as the residence and art studio of landscape painter, Jasper Cropsey. The couple named the gothic style home “Ever Rest” with hopes they would spend the rest of their lives in the home. Their wishes were fulfilled, and they left the property to their granddaughter, Isabel, who also lived in the home until she passed away. Now, the home is operated by the National Register of Historic Houses and serves as a museum.

The historic house is accessible by a 40-minute metro ride or a 30-minute drive.

#3: Frederic Church’s “Olana”

A train ride away from the city will put you face-to-face with Olana, one of the most visited historical properties in New York. After he returned from a trip to Europe and the Middle East with his wife Isabel, esteemed painter Frederic Church began designing his 250-acre landscape. The main house blends Victorian style with Middle Eastern accents and displays influences of Beirut, Jerusalem, and Damascus. Church worked on the house until the day he died, and the house remained in the family for many years.

#4: The Rockefeller’s “Kykuit”

Through careful estate planning, Kykuit was home to 4 generations of Rockefellers before becoming a historic landmark. Built in 1913 on request of John D. Rockefeller, the six-story stone house boasts an outstanding art collection, well-manicured grounds, and a sculpture garden. The estate’s “Coach Barn” features a display of classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. During the summer, a metro express train can put you in touch with a tour and the rich family history of the Rockefellers.

#5: Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills’ “Straatsburgh”

When Odgen Mills passed away in 1890, Ruth Livingston Mills inherited the Straatsburgh home and hired an architectural firm from the city for expansions and embellishments. As a 65-room mansion, the home was passed down for generations within the Livingston family until 1938, when a descendent of the family donated the home to the state. The mansion and its 192-acre property are open year-round and offer themed historical tours and other events.

The two-hour trek from the city is certainly worth it!

Preserve Your Legacy Today

Many of these homes stayed in their respective families for hundreds of years. This would never have been possible without the work of attorneys like Robert Maher.

No matter how lofty your goals, our firm will help you leave your assets behind and create a lasting legacy for your family. Reach out to a New York estate planning lawyer backed by years of experience!

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