York House Gardens, Twickenham

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BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States. Its mansion holds the finest collection of New York Neoclassical furniture anywhere. Sited in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River and West Point.

Open to visitors six days a week from April through December, Boscobel House and Gardens serves the local and international community with guided house tours of its admired interiors, delightful and educational programming for children, lectures by leading experts in design and architecture, unique and inspiring gallery exhibitions, and special events of matchless beauty.

The mansion itself was first built in Montrose, New York between 1804 and 1808. Its original owner, States Morris Dyckman, was a wealthy Loyalist descended from one of the early Dutch families of New Amsterdam.

By the 1950s, the federal government had built a veterans’ hospital on the property, and slated the house for demolition. Dedicated preservationists recovered as many architectural fragments as possible with a goal toward rebuilding Boscobel elsewhere.

With strong personal investment and financial support from Reader’s Digest co-founder Lila Acheson Wallace, Boscobel found a new, permanent home on its current site in Garrison, New York. The mansion was restored and furnished based on surviving, original inventories and photography. When Boscobel opened its doors to museum visitors in 1961, then-Governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller called it “one of the most beautiful houses ever built in America.”

The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to enrich the lives of its visitors with memorable experiences of the history, culture, and environment of the Hudson River Valley.
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  • York House is a continuation of the great stately houses on the River (the others being: Ham House, Marble Hill House, Orleans House and Strawberry Hill House). The Grade II listed building is used by...  more »
  • Ever turned a corner in a place you thought you knew only to discover you didn't? More than that, that you'd walked past it a hundred times and never seen it. Living close to Twickenham I'm sure many ...  more »
  • We stumbled up on these gardens, and they are beautiful. They would be a terrific place to just loaf around and were not at all busy or crowded when we were there. There's not really anything to "do" ...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens for relaxing, you can cut through the gardens to finish a walk from Richmond to Twickenham. Flowers, trees, a little pond. A few statues! As there isn't a place for the dogs to poo specifically. Be careful of sitting on the grass at some parts. The sunken area seems safe. One of my favourite places in the area.
  • Hidden gem close to town centre and Twickenham embankment. Colourful borders and large garden sculpture. Plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area. Take a walk by the river to Orleans Gardens which has a childrens play area and cafe, plus Orleans Art Gallery. Or perhaps Marble Hill House with its large Park. You could then stroll along the riverside path to Richmond or get the small ferry across the River Thames to Ham House, a National Trust property.
  • Super setting adjacent to Thames Riverside, the beautiful gardens has eye catching statues and 2x locely ponds and not forgetting the histotric York House.
  • Delightful gardens adjacent to York House and the river also including the famous Naked Ladies grotto.
  • Beautiful place for tourism and to take people to see the wonderful statues and gigantic fields. Also great for kids! 👍

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