Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison

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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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  • Great guided tour of this lovely home from the early 1800s - the home's furnishings are from the Federal period. At the end of the house tour we were treated to a cup of apple cider and a ginger cooki...  more »
  • The view on the HUdson RIver from this estate is just amazing. You can see the narrowest part of this river here when it turns and you can see marshes. And on the other side of the river you can see t...  more »
  • Highly recommend paying the extra for a guided tour of the House. Our guide, Sam, was extremely knowledgeable, with many anecdotes about the family who built and lived in this home. The house has been...  more »
  • My personal favorite Hudson Valley view, knowledgeable tour guides of an interesting and beautiful property, many cool events to check out, nice little gift shop and the Shakespeare Festival in the summer is a must do. If you're local, check to see if your library has a pass.
  • This place had the most historic vibes when we went. Awsome! P.S. if u wanna get in for free go on the first Tuesday of the month. They let artists in for free to paint. Be sure to bring a easel so u look like your doing stuff. Okay gtg have fun!
  • Beautiful historic mansion with great staff to relate historic period details - worth the visit! Great views of West Point- time your visit to include sunset.
  • I guess every dollar counts, so plan out your visit. Randomly passing through with twenty minutes to glance around is not allowed without paying full price. I guess I am used to the other estates where you can enjoy the grounds and book a tour if you want to learn more.
  • Gorgeous grounds and the mansion tour was fascinating. We also were there for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and it was amazing. Well worth the 90 minute drive from NYC.

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