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Historical Context

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Map 2: Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.[Map 2] with link to higher quality map.
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Like many wealthy men of his time, Frederick Vanderbilt considered himself a sort of gentleman farmer. His Hyde Park estate included more than 600 acres. On the 474 acres across Albany Post Road, he cultivated flowers and produce and raised livestock. On about 125 acres of the land between Albany Post Road and the Hudson River, Vanderbilt established bridle trails that wound through trees and shrubbery. He restored the Italian gardens that an earlier owner had planted, and he landscaped most of the rest of his land to look like an English country park. The Italian Gardens alone consisted of a potting shed, cherry walk, rose garden, reflecting pool, pergola, gardener's cottage, and greenhouses for palms, roses, carnations, and orchids.

Questions for Map 2

1. Study Map 2 and comment on the scope of the estate. How many structures besides the mansion do you see on the map? Can you figure out the function of each?

2. What forms of transportation could the Vanderbilts and their guests use to reach the estate?

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