Hudson Valley Hike (Ruins of the Cornish Estate)
dim. 9 septembre à 15:00
Tucked away in the woods of Cold Spring, NY stands a hauntingly beautiful collection of ruins called the Cornish Estate. We are off again to Explore the Ruins of the Cornish Estate. A ruined mansion hidden in the woods of the Hudson Valley, home of a tragically doomed romance. About an hour into the Hudson Valley is the charmingly small town of Cold Spring. The mansion itself is something straight out of a movie. Giant stone walls surround you as you make your way around what was once one of the premier properties of the Hudson Highlands. Over 50 years later, you can still see the ashes from the fire scattered atop the remaining tile work. Floors of fireplaces are stacked on top of each other, leaving one to imagine who slept in these rooms and looked out on the Hudson River. As delightfully quaint now as it was in 1917, it attracted newlyweds Edward Joel Cornish and Selina Bliss Carter Cornish. The lovers decided to move out of the city and into an estate in the woods just north of town. Cornish was the president of the National Lead Company, and furnished a grand estate consisting of a mansion, swimming pool, gardens and other outbuildings. The couple lived, loved, and entertained visitors frequently, throwing lavish parties and filling the rooms of the mansion with friends and laughter.
Sadly, in May of 1938 tragedy struck when the life-long lovers died within two weeks of each other. Once a dream home, the mansion and the grounds fell into disrepair, and in 1958, a fire destroyed most of the mansion leaving the Cornish’s grand estate in ruins.
Today those ruins are overgrown and gradually have been reclaimed by the forest. They can be found by a 2 mile hike into the woods. Standing amidst the fallen down debris, it’s easy to imagine the motorcars pulling into the driveway, the well-to-do passengers excited for a weekend away from the city, the butlers carrying monogramed suitcases into the mansion, champagne glasses tinkling on the lawn and the sounds of laughter coming from the swimming pool, where now there is only silence and ghosts? The Hike is easy and we will take our time...there is a vast network of hiking trails that thread their way over and around the highland peaks.
We will explore a few trails in the area.
The Total of 4-miles
Today the estate is an urban adventurer’s dream and a satisfying ending to a fun hike. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/nyregion/visiting-cold-spring-where-the-path-to-ruins-goes-uphill.html After the Hike we will visit Historical Cold Spring and you can grab something to eat. Most of the houses, churches and other buildings came into existence in the years before the Civil War, when the nearby West Point Foundry was at the peak of its production and workers were rapidly moving into the area. The Price $39.00 pp https://www.gilligansadventures.com/events/hudson-valley-hike-ruins-of-the-cornish-est
Round Trip Bus Transportation includes and a Tip for the Driver. Thank You, Robert
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