This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Though we are not just now in the region of the Palisades, in thinking over the extraordinary beauties of the Hudson, it occurs to us to remark that we have never been able to find an individual who knew what was atop of those wonderful formations of rock. Are these heights accessible? What kind of country lies on their immediate rear? We have often thought what magnificent castle-looking houses might be erected there for the delectation of tourists in search of the picturesque; what fame might be bought, for a small sum, by imitating a Rhine castle there. Think of it some of you millionaires of commerce, and give us something to "visit" and talk over, which will be entirely new, and handsome, and graceful, and feudal looking. But is there anything up there to eat? That is one of the greatest preliminary questions, and before concluding oar trip "Around New York," in the January number, we pause for a reply.
* Upon the extreme point of one (Crager's Island), is a fine group of ruins brought from Palenque by the late John L. Stevens, and remarkably striking in their effect.