Membership FAQs

Membership Contributions

How does my membership support HHV?

Membership fees are a vital component of necessary support for the maintenance and upkeep of our historic sites and the operation of our educational programs.

Is my membership tax-deductible?

Only the portion of your membership fee above the value of the benefits you receive will qualify as a charitable contribution; your receipt will contain the details. If you elect to forego the benefits of membership, your contribution will be 100% deductible.

Is my membership transferable?

Your membership covers you and the family members included in your package. In addition, all members can bring two guests for the historic site tours and weekend/daytime festivals listed below. If you have additional guests, please encourage them to buy tickets, or buy their own membership and save! We also offer gift memberships, if you would like to share the experiences of Historic Hudson Valley with someone else.

How long does my membership last?

Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase. All memberships expire on the last day of the month. You can renew your membership at any time and extend your expiration date. You may also upgrade your membership at any time to receive the additional benefits of higher membership tiers.

Membership Benefits

What historic sites can I visit with my membership?

Your membership entitles you to free historic tours at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, and Union Church of Pocantico Hills. You will receive a discount on tours of Kykuit for the family members included in your package.

Why do members have to pay for Kykuit tours?

Kykuit and the Rockefeller Estate are owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Historic Hudson Valley has an agreement to provide their educational tours. The rates are set by (and fees passed on to) the National Trust.

What events are free for members?

Our weekend/daytime festivals—including Sheep-to-Shawl, Discover Pinkster!, Vote Like a Girl, and CORNucopia—are free for members and their (two) guests. Nighttime festivals and ticketed events (like Horseman’s Hollow or Dickens’ Christmas Carol) are free for members of our Henry Hudson Society and Pocantico Society. We will be happy to assist other members in purchasing discounted tickets to those events online or by phone. All memberships include a limited number of tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze; for more information, see our Member Tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze section.

Using Your Membership

How do I reserve member tickets or tours online?

Members are welcome to use our online reservation system to purchase tickets or reserve tours. At checkout, you will be asked to create a user login—use the email address associated with your membership, and verify the “membership number,” located on the lower left corner of your membership card. This will identify you as a member and qualify your purchase for member rates. Be sure to remember the login and password for future reservations!

How do I reserve member tickets or tours by phone?

If you prefer to make reservations by phone, please call (914) 631-6900, and any of our reservation associates will be happy to assist you. Be sure to identify yourself as an HHV member!

Do I need to make reservations as a member?

Many of our events and popular tour-times sell-out quickly, so it is always a good idea to plan ahead and make reservations. You may, however, present your member ID on site for weekday historic tours or some of the smaller weekend/daytime festivals. If we have space available, you will be granted admission.

Member Tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

How do I get my Blaze tickets?

All memberships include admission to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for the number of family members included in your membership. Individual, Dual, Senior, Family, and Family Plus level members are all entitled to reserve tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze during the members-only early reservation period. They will receive the tickets they reserve by mail. Premier and Premier Plus members may bring their membership ID to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and we will print their tickets good for that night only.

Can members buy additional Blaze tickets? Can I bring a guest?

Members are allowed to purchase additional tickets to Blaze. Member guest privileges do not extend to Blaze, so your guest(s) will require (a) ticket(s).

Can I change the date of my tickets / exchange them / get a refund?

No. There are no exchanges, refunds, or changes of member tickets or any other tickets allowed. There are no exceptions to this rule. We apologize for any inconvenience, but once your tickets have been purchased they will only be honored on the day/time printed on them. Please plan accordingly.

It was raining / snowing / hailing and I couldn’t make it! Is there a rain date?

Historic Hudson Valley holds its events rain-or-shine, in hot weather and cold, despite wind, snow, or other inclement precipitation. If we are open, your tickets will be considered valid for that night and time only. We will not refund, exchange, or otherwise honor tickets for open dates and times that were not used.

Do members receive tickets to Horseman’s Hollow?

Premier and Premier Plus members, as well as members of our Henry Hudson Society and Pocantico Society, are eligible for admission to the Horseman’s Hollow event, included in the price of membership. Other members must purchase tickets to that event at the member rate. We encourage members to reserve tickets to this event, as it frequently sells out.

I can’t get tickets to Blaze when I want them; what can a member do?

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is an incredibly popular event (and we’re grateful for your enthusiasm!). Unfortunately, that means nearly every time slot on every night sells out. We’ve worked hard to provide as many available times and dates as we can, but we simply cannot satisfy every visitor’s preferences. The members’ early reservation period is your best bet to secure the date(s) you want.