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Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

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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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  • I go to Locust Grove in mid-March for an event. The Robert Morse gallery is very good, worth stopping if you are driving on Route 9 and you have half an hour to spend. The art on the walls outside of ...  more »
  • I love visiting this historic site in Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie, NY. The beautiful grounds and the unique architecture of the site buildings including the gardens and plantings all combine in a ...  more »
  • Typical Victorian house with overgrown trees that need trimming to re-open the blocked views of the Hudson River. New visitor center complex with a very good gift shop, reception hall (where you see a...  more »
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  • Overlooking the Hudson River, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel Morse by architect A. J. Davis. It is a wonderful testament to a family who kept this historic home of Samuel Morse intact. In 1895 new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with a vast collection of art and antiques. Mr. and Mrs. Young’s daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate essentially as her parents had used it. Today Locust Groves is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve established by Annette Innis Young.
  • 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.
  • Don't have your wedding here . Staff is rude ! They were braking down the tables and chairs while the dj was still playing . They couldn't get rid of us fast enughe . Thanks for the memories!
  • 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.