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Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

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4.6/5 based on 170 reviews on the web
Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark estate located on US 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The 180-acre park-like estate includes homes, a carriage house, ice house, trails, a flower garden, and vegetable garden, and it overlooks the Hudson River from a bluff. The property includes a home designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis for Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. An Italianate style mansion, it was completed in 1851.The estate is open to the public, tours are offered, and the site is used for weddings and parties. It includes a museum, nature preserve, antique exhibits, and a gallery showing artworks.HistoryHenry Livingston Jr. was Locust Grove's first resident owner and named the estate after the black locust trees growing on the property in 1771 when he purchased the property from his own father. After his death his heirs sold the property to a wealthy New York City couple, John and Isabella Montgomery. They moved farming operations to the lower-lying lands closer to the river and built a cottage.Morse bought the land from them in 1847, three years after his breakthrough with the telegraph. He hired Davis in 1851 and began working with him to remodel and expand the cottage into an Italianate villa. He continued to improve the landscape around the house, which became his summer home, for the rest of his life.
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  • We showed up before 10 am to see the house, but it didn't open until then. So we walked around the estate. The short blurb in the flyer gave no clue to how absolutely beautiful and tranquil the ground...  read more »
  • The Morse estate is a blend of museum, gift shop, mansion and hiking trails. The museum includes the inventions and art works of the 19th century Leonardo : Samuel Morse. It is a lovely half hour or s...  read more »
  • Home of Samuel Morse for a time the home was taken by the Young family in 1895. The families possessions have been restored and many rooms stand as they did in 1905. The tour will excite those with in...  read more »
  • Beautiful grounds with excellent trails. The Morse House has an old but pretty feel to it, and the art gallery in the welcome center houses very high quality art. Definitely worth at least one visit.
  • Fantastic location, love the wandering trails and great to explore, only downside is that the gnats were so thick.
  • Nice historic house and grounds. You can walk down the hill toward the Hudson River for great views. Nice gift shop and rentable event space.
  • Really nice estate. Watch out for mosquitos...
  • Was a guest at a wedding here. Beautiful grounds. Great catering. Attentive staff.
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