Located on the top of Mount Orama in Harriman, New York the Arden House is an elegant 100,000+ square foot mansion and the country’s first and premier conference center property. It is set in a beautiful 450-acre estate and is only 40 miles from midtown Manhattan. The Arden estate is part of the Palisades Interstate Park and offers breathtaking views and a 125-acre lake.
The arden was a cultural and geographical name for a broad area that in antiquity and into the Early Modern Period included parts of Warwickshire and the present West Midlands County of England. The word was also used to describe several manors in the region.
In 1900, the village of Arden was founded in a single-tax, Georgist community based on the philosophy of Henry George and the Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard. The villages of Ardentown and Ardencroft were founded later in 1922 and 1950 respectively. Under the Georgist concept of town ownership, the communal land and woodlands are owned by the towns while the houses and leaseholds are leased to homeowners who pay taxes that fund village and local government expenses. The village’s town-meeting form of government is outlined in the Act to Reincorporate of July 29, 1996.
The Village of Arden provides a number of services to the residents of the arden including police, fire and emergency medical service as well as trash collection, water delivery and storm sewer maintenance. The Village also operates a community pool and maintains public right-of-way areas. Village residents are encouraged to keep shrubs and grass trimmed, especially on the shoulders of roads and driveways so that the Village can perform its maintenance tasks with greater efficiency and effectiveness.