History & Culture

Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, this place has been home to socially prominent New Yorkers. A superb example of its type, Hyde Park represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America. It provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age.

A head and shoulders photographic portrait of a man with handlebar mustache.

Frederick Vanderbilt

A biography of Frederick William Vanderbilt, American capitalist.

A black and white photograph of a reclining woman wearing a gown and holding a fan.

Louise Vanderbilt

The life of Louise Vanderbilt, an American socialite.

A watercolor print of a couple overlooking a river landscape.

A History of the Hyde Park Estate

An brief history of the Vanderbilt property from European settlement in the seventeenth century to present day.

An engraved illustration of Native American people interacting with European explorers.

Indigenous Peoples

A brief history of the Native American people of this area.

A watercolor painting of a large brick, wood, and stucco carriage house.


Explore over 400 acres of buildings and gardens at Hyde Park.

A collection of gilded glass goblets in various sizes.

The Museum Collection

Selections from the park's museum collection.

A black and white photo of a group of men standing in front of a building.


Meet the Vanderbilts, their friends, employees, and the architects and builders of Hyde Park.

A painting of a Spanish man and woman in colorful costume walking by a fountain.


Life and Art in the Gilded Age.

Last updated: September 21, 2020

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4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538


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