What is Edgewater?

Edgewater is Richard H. Jenrette’s private residence and is located on the Hudson River in Barrytown, NY. Edgewater was built in 1825 and combines classical architecture with a dramatic setting to create one of the Hudson Valley’s most charming river residences. It is a contributing property in the Hudson River Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Who owns Edgewater?
Richard H. Jenrette bought Edgewater from author Gore Vidal in 1969, and has now owned the home for almost 45 years. Mr. Jenrette repurchased surrounding land that had been sold and has filled the house with period antiques and art, including the Donaldson’s unusual two suites of Duncan Phyfe furniture and family portraits as well as objets d’art from the Livingston era. Edgewater is still Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, although he plans to give Edgewater to the Foundation.

Where is Edgewater?
Edgewater is located in Barrytown in Dutchess County, NY.

How can I visit Edgewater?
Edgewater remains Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, therefore no regular public tours are available. However, group tours are available by appointment. Availability for group tours is limited due to the private nature of the residence. Please find the Group Tour Request form for Edgewater here. We will be in contact shortly after submission of this form to help arrange your visit. All additional inquiries may be directed towards Kathy Healy-Gillen using our Contact Form.

Is a group tour of Edgewater appropriate for children?
A group tour of Edgewater features discussions of history, architecture, decorative arts and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome, however tour content may be of more interest to older children.

Is photography permitted?
No interior photography is allowed, except by special permission. However, books are available for purchase.

How can I support Edgewater and Classical American Homes?
We hope you will join us in preserving, protecting and opening Edgewater and the other Classical properties for generations to come.

All donations may be made online here. Donations may also be sent by mail to:

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
69 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128

If sending a contribution by mail, please also enclose the donation form found here.
Checks should be made payable to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

Please contact Chris Smith using our Contact Form if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your support.