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Tarrytown, NY is worth a visit

TarrytownOnce a mill town with only a few shops, Tarrytown, NY is located in the Tappan Zee, near Greenburgh (in Westchester County). Tarrytown was known as “Wheat Town” or “Terve Town” to be later mispronounced as Tarrytown.  The first settlers were the Dutch and the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow still stands, built in 1685. In the 1800s woman would come from other towns to visit the markets.  Today, many stores still fill the brick fronts of these antiquated buildings.  

The oldest operating theater in Westchester, the Tarrytown Music Hall, built by William Wallace in 1885, is an example of shapes and corners used to create asymmetry.  The inside is just as detailed as its outside.  Victorian and Art Deco styles adorn the ceiling and stage paneling.  The inside uses mostly marble, limestone and brass trim. 

There is Juliana Rose, an antique gift shop with a vintage appeal.  Handbags and vintage stuffed toys also line the cabinets.   There is the Cherry Door Thrift Shop, somewhat further down Main Street, where you can uncover that rare item you may be longing to have.   You can walk into Main Street Sweets with its red and white striped awning, where there is usually a menu outside with their special sundaes.  Toppings are abounding here.

Visit Lefteris Gyro, at the corner of Main Street and Broadway.  The blue and white-colored restaurant serves hummus with olives, and for an entrée you can decide on lamb, beef or chicken souvlaki.  Or on a stick if you prefer.  Seating is indoor or outdoor based on the weather.  

Visit the Historical Society Inc.  It exhibits the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  In employment since 1889, the preserve gives walking tours of the two historic Hudson river villages.  You’ll learn about people from the past and buildings that they occupied.  You may visit Kykuit, built by John D. Rockefeller.  It was built in 1902 and means the “high point.”  Four generations of Rockefeller have lived in the house and it overlooks the Hudson River.  Contained in the house is beautiful furniture, paintings and sculptures.  There’s, also, a large collection of 20th century sculpture on the estate.  Lyndhurst, the once home of Jay Gould, George Merritt and William Paulding, railroad contributors, shows Gothic architecture.  Like a castle, several towers are grouped together.  Green rolling hills support the building and outside halls that look out onto the water.  During the seasons, these structures appear  as different houses all together. 

The town was first settled in 1645 and a lot has accumulated here since then, a lot since the Hudson River, the coming and leaving of boats, and a working town grown into a moving town.

Accomplished writer - has written for a trade magazine. Amy enjoys writing general interest stories with an emphasis on the traveler.

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