The front of the thirty-six room mansion, described by our delightful tour guide, Ann,
The entire dining room is papered with French, hand-painted wall paper. When the National Park Service rescued Lindenwald in 1974, the wallpaper was in terrible shape. They discovered that the French company still existed and they ordered replacements for damaged areas.
Get a load of this molding–amazing, right? I guess they knew how to do molding back in the 19th century.
Van Alen Home
Also on the property, the one-room school house–Ichobod Crane, named after the school master in Washington Irving’s tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
We drove into the town of Kinderhook to track down Van Buren’s Grave. We saw this amazing house along the way. Kinderhook, by the way, means “children’s corner” in Dutch. Hendrick Hudson named it for the Mohican children he saw on shore while exploring the Hudson River in the early 1600s.
Meet Amy–what a hoot! From the moment we walked into the shop, she delighted and entertained us with her charm and easy wit. We learned that Shari had left for the day (perhaps I should have called ahead), but we forged on.
Amy walked us through the main “show room,” where last year’s goods receive drastic reductions. For example, duvets that cost $700-800 last year, in stores like Nieman Marcus, are now priced at a flat $125. While I was not in the market for a duvet cover, I did indulge in a small, $5 purchase of a pretty raw silk scarf.
Amy informed us that much of the fabric for the merchandise is cut in the basement of the store and then sewn by local seamstresses. The completed linens are then sold all over the country.
The linens filling the shelves, made of cotton and other natural fibers, are a delight to the eye.
The attic bargain area contains remnants, accessibly priced at just $1 per pound, and larger pieces still on the roll, available at a flat $6 per yard.