Dayscape | Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow, NY

Today, we took a day trip to Sleepy Hollow (yes home to the Headless Horseman) to Kykuit, the historic Rockefeller estate. Opulent does not even begin to describe the breathtaking beauty of this place.

We did the Classic Tour which was roughly 2 hours.  Honestly, I don't know what we expected but it definitely wasn't that, in terms of the actual tour.  Kwasi and I were pleasantly surprised with Luca's behavior. He was shockingly well-behaved because frankly speaking, there wasn't much for a child to do and we could have easily turned the corner into turn up territory. However, lucky us, Luca took everything in and pointed out all the animal statues in the house and all the water fountains. All this to say, take children at your own risk. Our tour guide told us about Phillipsburg Manor nearby, more geared towards children where there are tons of actual live animals that they can pet.

If you are a history buff, into the Rockefeller dynasty or have a deep admiration for modern art or interior decor, this should absolutely be on your list of places to visit. They go into detail about various family members and you learn how the other side lived at the time.  

I thought the estate was so peaceful. I had no intentions of leaving. I was totally prepared to squat in the carriage house.  

 Cooling off at the fountain

Cooling off at the fountain

I absolutely love this dress. It's romantic and feminine to match my surroundings. True to myself, this dress is a bit of drama and made me feel like I was floating every step I took because of the way the fabric moved and the multi-layered construction. It's airy and light so perfect for a hot and humid summer day. 

 I want it!!

I want it!!

A few quick facts on the Rockefellers:

  • Laura Spelman Rockefeller (spouse of John D Rockefeller) is the namesake of Spelman college, the college founded to educate Black women.
  • Abby Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr.) was largely influential in developing the idea for MOMA (The Museum of Modern History).
  • John D Rockefeller's life insurance company had to pay him $5 mil because he lived so long.
  • John Rockefeller rocked wigs! He lost all of his hair as a result of alopecia in his 40s and had various wigs made to look like he just got a haircut

 


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