Historic archival material serves as the basis for the restoration and interpretation of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Documentary resources include original estate records, ledgers, account books, diaries, and photographs that illustrate the history of estate management and offer insight into the operation of the farm, the park and formal gardens, as well as the mansion, pavilion, and coachhouse. The significance of this collection lies not just in its relative completeness, but also in its potential to serve historians.
Did You Know?
The Vanderbilt Mansion was the first home in the Town of Hyde Park to have electricity. It was generated by a hydroelectric power plant, located on Crum Elbow Creek that runs through the property.