Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Tribes: Who likes this place?
What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now
- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Family Travelers
- 89%Local Culture
- 89%Budget Travelers
- 59%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (2)Write a review
- Washington Irving's SunnysideFirst to ReviewNov 06, 2013
Born right after the American Revolution, Washington Irving was a first-generation American, and a lawyer by training; he never formally practiced. In his time, he became the most famous writer in America, and gathered adventures--and connections--worthy of any modern gadabout: he helped Aaron Burr as unofficial attorney during his trial for the murder of Alexander Hamilton during a duel; was appointed US minister to Spain; and dined at the tables of six presidents. In 1819, he wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" while living in England, and traveled extensively in Europe. Irving was considered a follower of "romantic" design, and his home reflects it. Most of the décor, architecture and setting are original--including noisy interruptions by rail trains; the track was laid between Irving's house and the river after the property was built, and was a sore point with him until his death. This is an enjoyable and intimate look at the life of a very clever writer.Recommended for: