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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  • The various owners have, over the years, altered the original Morse estate so that it now isn't really a good representation of what it was in his time. But the buildings are still nice, and the groun...  more »
  • We visit Locust Grove monthly to hike the beautiful grounds, sit on a bench, or keep track of the spectacular flower and vegetable gardens. Leave us not forget the visitors center with their great gif...  more »
  • Beautiful tour. All dressed up for Christmas. These mansions are lovely anytime of the year but to see them during the Holidays is just thrilling. Don’t hesitate go see The Locust Grove.  more »
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  • I attended a wedding several years ago and will have my daughter's Sweet 16 there in two weeks. I have explored some of the front grounds with my daughter n nieces and took some great pics. Keith the Manager is great, he is fun and easy to speak with. I look forward to the party I am hosting I know it will be fantastic!!
  • I went here for the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District annual Holiday book and media sale. (Weekend before Thanksgiving). They have a wonderful selection of books and DVD's (all gift quality). The grounds of the Morse Estate is very pretty. A nice place to walk around. There's also an exhibit center and a small museum dedicated to Samuel Morse.
  • The house is just lovely but the property landscaping, gardens walks her are always something new. They are replacing the fencing to the vegetable gardens and installed new gates for a easier access.
  • The tour was wonderful. Tour guides professional and friendly. Learned so much about the history of the estate. Holiday decorations lovely. Great day trip.
  • Good place to walk. There are lots of little trails to explore. They are not always clear, so be careful, wear good shoes, and go with a friend.

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