Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a state park in Mount Pleasant, New York, in the eastern foothills of the Hudson River in Westchester, New York. Everyday activities in the park include horse-riding, walking, jogging, running, bird-watching, and fishing. The park has a rich history and was donated to the State of New York over time by the Rockefeller Family beginning in 1983. A section of the park, the Rockwood Hall property, fronts the Hudson River. It was formerly the private residence of William Rockefeller and began use as a New York state park in the early 1970s. In 2018, the park was added to New York’s State Register of Historic Places.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area with over 180 species and is known for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic vistas. The park’s 55 miles (89 km) of carriage roads allow visitors to view the various habitats of the 1,771-acre (7.17 km2) park, which include open meadows, dense forest, and meandering brooks, wetlands, and the 24-acre (97,000 m2) Swan Lake.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester abuts the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historical Park and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The preserve also abuts extensive private land owned by the Rockefeller family, open to the public. The trails in the private area, still in use by the Rockefeller family and also open to the public, connect with those in the state park. Many of these trails were planned and laid out by John D. Rockefeller (Sr.) and his descendants. These trails and additional access to the state park trails are available from Sleepy Hollow Road and Bedford Road/Route 448 in Sleepy Hollow. A section of the State Park is west of the Preserve, along the Hudson River, and is called the Rockwood Hall section. EZ Westchester Junk Removal
Rockwood Hall, a section of the state park, was formerly the site of the home of William Rockefeller, brother of John D. Rockefeller. Laurence Rockefeller donated the land to New York in 1999 for use as a park. One of the early owners of the property was Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, who lived there from 1840 to 1848. Edwin Bartlett obtained the property and built Rockwood, an English Gothic castle of locally quarried stone. Bartlett sold the house to his business partner William Henry Aspinwall in 1860; Aspinwall made it his summer home and improved the property and house, and purchased enough land to make his estate 200 acres (81 ha). Upon his death in 1875, his son Lloyd Aspinwall lived there until 1886. William Rockefeller then purchased it for $150,000. Rockefeller expanded his property to about 1,000 acres (400 ha) and renovated or rebuilt the castle. The resulting 204-room house measured 174 x 104 feet and was the second-largest private house in the U.S. at the time, only behind the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. After sitting vacant for a time, the mansion was torn down in the 1940s.
Address: 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, Westchester, NY
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