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Field Trip: Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

We have a “Passport To Your National Parks” book and collected another stamp today at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY. The book encourages you to visit all of America’s National Parks and historic sites – there are over 400! Here are some pictures of the beautiful Italian gardens and the grounds overlooking the Hudson River. FullSizeRender 3 FullSizRender 2

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The formal gardens are multiple tiers on a hillside created by Andre Parmentier.

The formal gardens are multiple tiers on a hillside created by Andre Parmentier.

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The “Barefoot Kate” statue dips her toe into the reflecting pool. Frederick Vanderbilt added the statue to the garden in 1902. The water is tined black to give the illusion of depth – in reality the pool is only 16 inches deep.

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