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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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  • I visited Boscobel twice- once for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (which was fabulous! We had a picnic on the grounds prior to the play. I highly recommend that! We saw Pride and Prejudice. My...  more »
  • Any Hudson River Valley TOUR should include a visit to BOSCOBEL - the historic mansion and gardens, with spectacular views of the Hudson River (and West Point Military Academy across the river). Very ...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and filled with history house. Our guide, Renee, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Per her recommendation we had a delicious lunch at Hudson Hil's Cafe in Cold Springs. Would love...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • One of the best views on the Hudson River. Lovely gardens and love their summer plays.
  • Beautiful location. Went to see play in the evening under a tent.
  • 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.