Site Accessibility

Historic Hudson Valley accessibility statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which expresses the fundamental importance of including individuals with disabilities in community life, requires non-discrimination in employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. ADA mandates that major renovations be physically accessible and that existing facilities make readily achievable modifications to improve accessibility to the greatest extent possible. Historic Hudson Valley is fully committed to the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To that end, insofar as it is within our means to do so, we pursue and implement accommodations which make HHV accessible to a broad range of audiences. We seek to accomplish this by: training and communicating the importance of ADA to our staff; improving our programs and physical structures wherever possible.

All Sites

Arrangements can be made for a sign language interpreter, provided at no charge to visitors. Requests must be made at least 10 business days prior to the date of the visit.

Service dogs are welcome.

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking and handicapped restrooms are available at the Kykuit/Philipsburg Manor Visitor Center.
  • There are several short steps to the front door of the Kykuit mansion. Within the house, there is a stairway (with banisters) from the first floor to the Galleries below.
  • In the immediate garden area, there are steps down from the west walk to the Rose Garden and steps up from the Rose Garden to the shuttle bus area.
  • There are emergency public restrooms at Kykuit.

Specific Tours
(Please note: Neither the Grand Tour nor the Landmark Tour is wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the terrain.)

Classic Tour

  • The Classic Tour is wheelchair accessible, and all buses are equipped for wheelchairs.
  • Visitors are assisted to special entrances and exits and an elevator is used in the house.
  • Some portions of the tour may not be viewable, but the accompanying guide will briefly discuss the bypassed areas.
  • The entire tour consists of walking and standing with only a few places to sit down, if absolutely necessary.

Timesaver Tour

  • This tour is partially wheelchair accessible.
  • A small portion of the tour is inaccessible, but the accompanying guide will briefly discuss the bypassed areas.
  • The entire tour consists of walking and standing with only a few places to sit down, if absolutely necessary.

Washington Irving's Sunnyside

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available and handicapped restrooms are available in the Visitor Center.
  • The walk from the parking lot to the Visitor Center is approximately 379 feet down a graded wheelchair accessible ramp.
  • The walk from the Visitor Center to the Cottage is approximately 570 feet on a graded decline, much of which is on a wide pebble path. From the courtyard of the Cottage back to the Visitor’s Center is approximately 380 feet on a graded incline.

Historic Core and Irving’s Cottage

  • The grounds and the first floor of the Cottage are wheelchair accessible.
  • There is a narrow, steep flight of stairs (12-15 steps) to the second floor of the house and another steep and winding flight of stairs from the second floor to the kitchen.

Philipsburg Manor

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available at the Visitor Center as well as handicapped restrooms.
  • Wheelchair visitors are asked to have the front desk staff person call the site manager on duty to arrange for entrance at the back gate of the property on Bellwood Avenue.
  • The entire site (including the Visitor Center) is about 5 acres. At this time, the bridge over the millpond is not accessible to any visitors due to an ongoing construction project. The walk from the Visitor Center around the millpond is on a dirt path, includes some uneven terrain, and takes about 10 minutes.

Historic Core

  • The historic core has limited wheelchair accessibility. The grist mill, the barn, and the lower kitchen and first floor of the Manor House are accessible using ramps. The Activity Center and the second floor of the Manor House are not wheelchair accessible.
  • There are a few steps into each building. There is a narrow, steep flight of 12 stairs from the first to the second floor of the Manor House and another similar flight of stairs back down to the first floor.

Van Cortlandt Manor

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available and most of the grounds are fully wheelchair accessible. There are handicapped accessible restroom facilities in the Visitor Center.
  • The walk from the entrance to the Manor House is approximately 750 feet on a narrow brick walk (it can also be walked on a gravel driveway).

Historic Core

  • Most of the grounds are reasonably level and wheelchair accessible, as is the first floor of the Manor House.
  • There is limited wheelchair accessibility to the buildings.
  • There are 16 steps into the Manor House, two steps down the back exit, and another 12 steps to the kitchen area. 
  • There is no wheelchair access to the Tenant House.
  • There are three steps into the Tenant House.

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available adjacent to the Church.
  • The parking lot is only a short distance from the Church's entrance.
  • The front entrance includes a few steps or access via a ramp.

Church

  • The interior of the Church is one level and the center aisle cannot accommodate a wheelchair.
  • The restrooms are not handicapped accessible.