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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 am sorry, but after all the other wonderful things to do in this area, what a let down. Absolutely no connection with Morse. The house is a hodgepodge of old furniture - kinda like roaming your grea...  more »
  • What a delightful place! The tour was very interesting, the grounds beautiful and the art gallery a surprise!  more »
  • The place is beautiful. We were just there for the car show but has a terrific time. Weather was great. I've been here before and the grounds are gorgeous.  more »
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  • Brought our granddaughter to the Enchanted Fairy Garden celebration. But every visit to this special place feel enchanted. Come for a walk, a picnic history or just the gift store!
  • Beautiful grounds, views of the Hudson River, gardens to walk through and a dinning hall for events. Great area on Route 9.
  • Fabulous house tour. Kudos to guide. Magnificent house and museum. Recommend it highly.
  • THE WORST TRIP EVER!!!!! NEVER EVER GOING THERE AGAIN!!!! My brother and I both went there for a school field trip. Since it was a field trip, we expected the staff to be nicer. They were not. It was boring and we didn't get to go outside until we were walking to the buses. Overall a big disappointment.
  • We had so much fun with our girls scout troop making circuits in the basement and going on a educational Morse code scavenger hunt in the museum.

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