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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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  • Samuel Morse lived at this property for about 25 years. You can tour the place and/or just wander the grounds. Locust Grove has an excellent visitors center with a small gallery, meeting space, and a ...  more »
  • From the Samuel F. B. Morse museum and art gallery, to the early 20th century mansion with all original furnishings, this is a very real trip back in history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and...  more »
  • Visited recently for a walk with my wife and was pleasantly surprised by the overall size of this location tucked into the space. Though an easy outting, with regards to hiking, the trails were far fr...  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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simply beautiful. You get lost in the smell of spring, the beautiful plantings, and a view of the Mighty Hudson. Fab picnic spot, and camera opportunities.
  • Good place for groups gatherings, wedding and small events up to 50 people