History of Vanderbilt Estate and Garden

The landscape, views and gardens make the F. W. Vanderbilt National Historic Site a very special place. All of these elements have their roots in the colonial years of the Hudson River Valley and have been beautifully preserved through the early 20th century. The history of how this estate came to be reflects the history of the United States from its earliest days to the height of the "gilded age". People with vision, scientific curiosity and great wealth have all contributed to this jewel and, thanks to a President of the United States, everyone can enjoy it for many years to come.

Hudson River and Catskill Mountains

These pages explore the history of the land that eventually became the F. W. Vanderbilt estate, how it became a National Historic site and how the FWVGA was formed to rehabilitate the formal gardens. Most of the information has been provided by the National Park Service.

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