Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An Afternoon in the Bronx

Tucked away in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is a grand house, which is the only remaining country estate in an area that was once home to more than 20 elegant mansions.

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, originally the Robert and Marie Lorillard Bartow House, is a New York City landmark that was passed between the Bartow and Bell families before being sold to the City of New York. Though the residence and estate dates back to the 1600s, the current house, which has been renovated and transformed, was constructed in the 1800s. Today the residence is open to the public who can take in the mid-19th century furnishings and fine and decorative arts as well as the surrounding gardens.

The museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon-4pm. Admission is $5 and 45-minute guided tours start at a quarter after the hour.

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