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Historic Mansions on the Hudson River

Program Number: 10477RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/18/2013; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Warwick, New York
Price starting at: $736.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Go back in the past to explore the tasteful but opulent grandeur of the Hudson River mansions that belonged to America’s wealthiest families of the Gilded Age. With historians and local experts, explore the grounds, houses and gardens of six mansions, including prominent wealthy names such as Rockefeller, Livingston, Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, Gould and Mills. Journey up and down the beautiful Hudson River Valley, and learn the story of these families and relive the culture of the Gilded Age with artful instruction by local experts.




Highlights

• Discover the magnificence of the estates and gardens of Kykuit, Locust Grove, Lyndhurst, Springwood, Mills, Wilderstein, and Vanderbilt Mansions.
• Delve into the life of a 19th-century “robber baron” and learn their relations with the government, working man and their creation of opportunities and hardship.
• Expert instruction on the music of the Gilded Age and the favorite music of the moneyed.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; stairs unavoidable.




Date Specific Information

10-13-2013, 10-12-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by The Warwick Center.




Warwick

Warwick lies in a beautiful area at the entrance to the historic Hudson Valley just 55 miles from New York City. With Victorian and rural charm, Warwick and nearby Greenwood Lake attract visitors from near and far.



Accommodations
Comfortable estate lodging amid 500 acres of woodlands, mountain views and walking trails.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Daley

Mr. Tom Daley is an architectural photographer who has spent the last 40 years taking photos of mansions in the Hudson Valley, some of which are no longer in existence. His photos have been used by authors, are displayed in prominent places, and are presented at historical functions.
 
Gloria Norton

Gloria Norton has shared her love for music for more than 40 years in the Fort Lee public schools in Fort Lee, N.J. She has also served as a church musician for over 25 years in New Jersey, New York and Michigan. Gloria received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She also completed graduate study in music education at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
 
John Pinna

As a teacher of history, John Pinna serves as the director of foundation and government relations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He shares his extensive knowledge of government relations and religious history through his roles on the Steering Committee at the International Religious Freedom Round Table and as a representative at the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations. He is a member of the Oxford Round Table in England, and is also an IDEA Fellow, TAFT Fellow and a National Humanities Fellow. John received his B.A. in American studies, M.S. in history and an advanced degree in educational administration from Norwich University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Conference Center
  Warwick, NY 5 nights
 The Warwick Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Warwick Center is located on 465 acres of pristine land overlooking the beautiful Warwick Valley. The Center offers 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails, beautiful views, a peaceful setting and access to many wonderful sites in and around the Hudson Valley.
  Contact info: 62 Warwick Center Road/Hoyt Road
Warwick, NY 10990 USA
phone: 845-986-1164
web: www.warwickcenter.com
  Room amenities: The Warwick Conference Center provides private rooms with private baths, air-conditioning, and wi-fi. However, there are no televisions, radios, alarm clocks, or hair dryers in the rooms. There is a television in the Main Lounge and please feel free to bring radios if desired, alarm clocks if needed, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor swimming pool in operation from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails and scenic views leading to Wawayanda State Park in NJ.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check in time: 4:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Main Lobby of the East House. You will be staying at The Warwick Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after 11:00 a.m. lunch in the East House Dining Hall. You will be staying at The Warwick Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Warwick, NY
  Nearest highway: Highway Route 94
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport (Newburgh, NY) and Newark International Airport (Newark, NJ)
  From End of Program
  Location: Warwick, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

Call Arlene at The Warwick Center for additional limousine services. Phone: 845.986.1164.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Croton-on-Hudson train station is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from The Warwick Conference Center. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is located 60 miles from the Croton-on-Hudson train station.

   

To reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle simply complete the Road Scholar PIF travel portion of the form and return to The Warwick Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. Shuttle service arrangements will be confirmed by phone.

 

Newburgh, NY - Stewart International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Stewart International Airport is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from The Warwick Center. 

 

Distance:

 

Stewart International Airport is 45 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Conference Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

Warwick, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost from Warwick bus stop to The Warwick Conference Center is $5.00 one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 15 minutes away from the Village of Warwick bus stop. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 3 miles from the Village of Warwick bus stop.

   

To arrive in Warwick from Port Authority is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC, (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to the Oakland Ave. bus stop in Warwick. Cost: $6.25 one way with senior verification. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule, go to www.njtransit.com or call 973 275.5555. 3. To arrange for shuttle from the bus stop to The Warwick Center complete the PIF travel section or call Arlene at 845.986.1164 .

 

Port Authority in New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New Jersey Transit Bus Line
phone: 973-275-5555

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost: Currently $6.25 with Senior Citizen verification.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 2 hours and 15 minutes from Port Authority. 

 

Distance:

 

Port Authority is 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3-step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, bus # 197 to Warwick, the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Cost: $6.25 with senior citizen verification. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule, go to www.njtransit.com or call 973.275.5555. 3. Arrange for pick-up from the bus stop in Warwick to The Warwick Conference Center. Cost: $5.00 one way. Time: 15 minutes.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 1 hour 15 minutes from the train station depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

Croton-on-Hudson is located 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Newark Airport Ground Transportation
phone: 800-247-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost: $14.00 for Express Bus to Port Authority .
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is a 2 hour bus ride from Port Authority. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is located 60 miles from Port Authority in New York City.

   

Public transportation from Newark Airport is a 3-step process: 1. Upon arrival at Newark Airport go to the Transportation Information Desk to take the Newark Airport Shuttle to Port Authority in NYC. Time to NYC: 1 hour minimum. 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Line (www.njtransit.com or call 973.275.5555) Bus # 197 to Warwick getting off at the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Cost: $6.25 one way using senior citizen verification. Time: 2 hours. 3. Shuttle to The Center. Cost: $5.00/one way.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 Per Person or Traveling Pair
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

Newark International Airport is located 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle complete the Road Scholar PIF travel section and return to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. Pick up arrangements will be confirmed by phone.

 

Newburgh, NY, Stewart International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Stewart Airport is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from The Warwick Conference Center. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 45 miles from Stewart International Airport.

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle, simply complete the Road Scholar PIF travel section and return it to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

To Warwick from John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New York Airport Service
phone: 718-560-3915
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Current rates: $23.00 from JFK to Port Authority and $15.00 from LaGuardia to Port Authority.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time is 3 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours. 

 

Distance:

 

LaGuardia Airport is 65 miles from Warwick and Kennedy Airport is 75 miles from Warwick.

   

To arrive at The Warwick Center is a 3-step process: 1. Contact New York Airport Service at www.nyairportservice.com to arrange transport from either airport to Port Authority in Manhattan. Travel time: 60-90 minutes. 2. From Port Authority to Warwick use the New Jersey Transit Line bus # 197 to the Oakland Avenue bus stop in Warwick. Cost: $6.25 with senior citizen verification. Travel time: 2 hours. 3. Arrange to be picked up at the bus stop by calling Arlene at 845.986.1164.

 
Driving Directions
  FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Take Interstate 90 south to Interstate 84 south through Connecticut into New York. Proceed to Route 17 (Exit 4 E). Take 17 east to Exit 124 (Goshen, NY). Proceed on 17 A south through Florida, NY. Continue to take 94 south through the village of Warwick, NY to Pennings Lane. Turn left onto Pennings Lane to Hoyt Road. Turn left onto Hoyt Road watching for The Warwick Conference Center on your right.
  FROM CONNECTICUT Take Rt 84 West to Exit 4E, taking Route 17 East to Route 17A Florida/Goshen Exit. Take Route 17A until it merges with Rt 94 at the first traffic light in Florida. Drive THROUGH the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Stay on Rt 94 South until Pennings Lane. Turn Left onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK CITY/GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE From the George Washington Bridge, take Interstate 80 West to Exit 53 for Route 23 North. Take Route 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Route 94 North. Take Route 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Then follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK THRUWAY/NORTH OR SOUTH Exit at Harriman - Exit 16. Take Rt 17 West to Exit 126 - Chester exit. Look for Route 94 South (or West). Take Rt 94 South toward Florida/Warwick. Continue on Rt 94 through the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles beyond the Village of Warwick passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, all on your left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to the Warwick Center.
  FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY Take 287 North to Exit 52B for Rt. 23 North. Take Rt. 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM WASHINGTON, D.C./PHILADELPHIA AREA Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway North to Route 17 North. Approximately 2 1/2 miles past Tuxedo Park you will come to a traffic light. Exit left at the traffic light - Junction 17A. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, make a left hand turn onto Rt 17A (Sterling Forest). Rt 17A will take you directly to Warwick. At the "T" intersection in Warwick, turn LEFT onto Route 94 West. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership, all on the left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Afternoon: Note: All itinerary details subject to change. Arrive at The Warwick Conference Center in late afternoon for check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a Wine and Cheese Reception and introduce yourself to fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Hall. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: (All itinerary details subject to change.) Following dinner there will be a time of introductions and an orientation session to familiarize everyone with The Warwick Conference and the week's activities.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
 Morning: Expert-led lecture and slides shown of present Hudson Valley Mansions and those which no longer exist. Break. Enjoy an expert-led lecture on America's Robber Barons, The Captains of Industry, and learn how they influenced each other, their workers, and the 19th century for good and bad.
 Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Hall with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.
 Afternoon: Expert-led lecture focusing on the life of a 19-century "robber baron" and learn about their relations with the government, working man, and their creation of opportunities and hardships. Break. Enjoy some personal time for relaxing, contemplating lectures given or hike the beautiful trails at The Warwick Conference Center.
 Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Our architectural historian will present a lecture and show slides of Hudson River Mansions preparing us for our visits to the mansions that we will be visiting this week. Enjoy an evening snack to end the day.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Enjoy a docent-led visit to Wilderstein, home of the Suckley family and also enjoy the magnificence of Mills Mansion, home of Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills.
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Board charter bus for Rhinecliff, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Wilderstein, a Queen Anne mansion with Tiffany interiors; home of the Suckley family and Margaret Suckley, closest companion to FDR.
 Lunch: Lunch on the Veranda at Wilderstein.
 Afternoon: Board bus for Staatsburgh, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Mills Mansion, the gilded age country home of Louise and Ogden Livingston Mills, financier and philanthropist. Return to the Warwick Conference Center.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Enjoy a night of entertainment followed by an evening snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit the spring and fall "get away" home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt in Hyde Park, New York. Enjoy visiting the home of FDR and the newly renovated FDR museum also in Hyde Park, New York.
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Board charter bus to Hyde Park, New York. Enjoy an expert-led visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion, the majestic 19th century mansion of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt situated along the beautiful Hudson River. Walk to the beautiful Italian gardens, enjoy the gift shop, and the small exhibit in the Visitor Center.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at the Henry A Wallace Visitor Center.
 Afternoon: Experience a docent-led visit of FDR's Springwood. After the mansion tour, visit the newly renovated FDR museum, Rose Garden where FDR and Eleanor are buried, and the Carriage House. At the Henry A Wallace Visitor Center, see the documentary film on the life of FDR and visit the extensive Gift Shop. Board charter bus for The Warwick Conference Center.
 Dinner: Enjoy a late dinner at one of Warwick's finest restaurants, the Zagat rated The Landmark Inn, whose chef/owner is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
 Evening: After a relaxing dinner, return to The Warwick Conference Center to prepare for the next day.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lyndhurst Mansion/Kykuit Mansion
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Board the charter bus for Sleepy Hollow, New York. We will be divided into three groups so that you can enjoy an intimate docent-led visit to Kykuit, the home of four generations of the Rockefeller family. Enjoy the architecture, remarkable gardens, and the extensive art collection assembled by art connoisseur, Nelson A. Rockefeller.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board the charter bus for Tarrytown, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Free time to reflect on the week's activities with fellow participants and enjoy an ice cream social making your own sundaes to enjoy as a snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Learn from an expert-led lecture on the music of the gilded age and the favorite music of the moneyed.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the East House Dining Hall. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Warwick, NY Borderland Farm
A 230 acre riding facility, indoor ring, lighted outdoor ring, miles of trails. Located at the NY/NJ line. Reservations required. For additional information, visit www.wolfsbane.com/borderland/
  Demarest Hill Winery
28 different wines created from select varietal grapes by a master vintner who learned winemaking in Italy. The wineries' specialties include Warwick Black Pearl and Peach Wine, both from the vineyards at this winery. For additional information, visit www.demaresthillwinery.com
  Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America's first sport. Open daily from 10 - 6. For additional information, visit www.harnessmuseum.com
  Pride of the Hudson
Cruise through history and the majestic beauty of the Hudson River on a 2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise For additional information, visit www.prideofthehudson.com
  Washington's Headquarters
Gen. Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. At this site, Washington created and awarded the original purple heart badge. In 1850 the property became our nation's first public historic site. Open Wed. - Sat., 10-5. Sun. 1-5.
  West Point Museum
Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include History of the Academy and the Corps of Cadets, US Army History, and History of Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. For additional information, visit www.usma.edu/Museum/
  West Point Tours, Inc.
Enjoy a guided tour of the U.S. Military Academy. Walk the paths of generals and presidents tracing the footsteps of our country's great leaders. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Hudson River. Hear exciting tales and fascinating stories. Tour buses depart daily from the West Point Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.westpointtours.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Dark Genius of Wall Street


Author: Edward J. Renehan, Jr.


Description: Though reviled for more than a century as Wall Street's greatest villain, Jay Gould was in fact its most original creative genius. Gould was the most astute financial and business strategist of his time and also the most widely hated. He was the undisputed master of the nation's railroads and telegraph systems at a time when these were the fastest-growing new technologies of the age. Dark Genius of Wall Street combines lively anecdotes with the rich social tapestry of the Gilded Age to paint the portrait of a man who was undoubtedly the most talented financial buccaneer of his generation - and one of the inventors of modern business.



Hudson River Villas


Author: John Zukowsky & Robbe Pierce Stimson


Description: Devotees of architecture, photography and regional history will enjoy this magnificently illustrated book documenting 123 residences built along the Hudson River Valley over the last 300 years. The authors present a complete textual history of each mansion from original architect and occupant to its present-day function, accompanied by interior and exterior drawings and photographs culled from contemporary and historical sources.



Music of the Gilded Age


Author: John Ogasapian and N. Lee Orr


Description: The Gilded Age was a time of great musical evolution. As the country continued to develop a musical style apart from Europe, it's church and religious music and opera took on new forms. This book presents composers, musicians, songwriters, instruments, and musical forms that uniquely identify the Gilded Age.



The Vanderbilt Legend


Author: Wayne Andrews


Description: The story of the Vanderbilt Family from 1794-1940 begins with Commodore Vanderbilt with chapters on his descendants, their lives, homes, fortunes, through Gov. W.H. Vanderbilt and includes a list of the Vanderbilt railroad holdings in 1931.



When the Astors Owned New York


Author: Justin Kaplan


Description: National Book Award-winning biographer Kaplan tells a tale of two cousins, William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV. Great-grandsons of America's first millionaire, and prototypical scions of America's Gilded Age, the two men left enduring marks on their native New York City's architecture, high society and especially on the business of luxury hotels that they all but defined. They inherited a family feud along with their fortunes, exacerbated by their divergent temperaments. One can only gasp so many times at the excesses, indulgences and vanities of these two antiheroes.





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