Boscobel House and 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very pretty grounds to roam. Beautiful views of the Hudson, nice gift shop. The tour of the house was very informative, however it was pricey.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Came here on a Saturday morning for the Farmers Market which includes entry to the grounds of the Boscobel house before 1:30pm. Farmers Market was an ideal place to stock up. The grounds are good for ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Everything is lovely: The estate overlooking the Hudson River and mountains, the events taking place throughout the summer. Shakespeare at Boscobel is a delight... wonderful memories.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    Boscobel visit today was wonderful...Patrick led a wonderfully informative and interesting tour of the house and grounds. Grounds wonderful, views of the river breathtaking. A+++ visit
  • May 21, 2017
    Coldspring farmers market every Saturday from May through Fall. Beautiful view of the Hudson River and constitution marsh. Beautiful gardens and apple orchard. Historical house with a wonderful art gallery, and a great small trail loop for hiking. Amphitheater for plays and performances.
  • July 6, 2017
    One of the best views on the Hudson River. Lovely gardens and love their summer plays.
  • June 27, 2017
    Beautiful location. Went to see play in the evening under a tent.
  • December 9, 2016
    The venue is gorgeous but we were not impressed with how they have multiple weddings in one weekend. It makes it very challenging to personalize you event. I highly suggest a wedding planner for couples getting married here. Gorgeous ceremony backdrop and gardens but the reception takes place in a field.

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