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“Best view you can get without climbing a mountain”

Boscobel House & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Garrison
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Owner description: BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the United States. Its Neoclassical mansion holds an exceptional collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Sited in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River and West Point. Open to visitors six days a week from April through December, Boscobel House and Gardens serves the local and international community with guided house tours of its admired interiors, delightful and educational programming for children, lectures by leading experts in design and architecture, unique and inspiring gallery exhibitions, and special events of matchless beauty. The mansion itself was first built in Montrose, New York between 1804 and 1808. Its original owner, States Morris Dyckman, was a wealthy Loyalist descended from one of the early Dutch families of New Amsterdam. By the 1950s, the federal government had built a veterans’ hospital on the property, and slated the house for demolition. Dedicated preservationists recovered as many architectural fragments as possible with a goal toward rebuilding Boscobel elsewhere. With strong personal investment and financial support from Reader’s Digest co-founder Lila Acheson Wallace, Boscobel found a new, permanent home on its current site in Garrison, New York. The mansion was restored and furnished based on surviving, original inventories and photography. When Boscobel opened its doors to museum visitors in 1961, then-Governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller called it “one of the most beautiful houses ever built in America.” The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to enrich the lives of its visitors with memorable experiences of the history, culture, and environment of the Hudson River Valley.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Federalist-period house at Boscobel (which was built elsewhere and transported to this site) is nice enough, especially during the holiday candlelight tours. It doesn't take very long to see it all, though.

But the grounds are the reason to head to Boscobel. The lawn has the most stunning view of the river available in the area, looking across to West Point and south to Constitution Marsh. If you like Shakespeare, catch the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival under the tent all summer long--and if you don't, just get a picnic pass and show up to have a snack and a glass of wine and watch the Hudson go by.

Thank lengelcj
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

A beautiful house tour, if you love house tours, I do. We had a private tour with a very lovely articulate, educated, friendly woman. She answered all our questions, no rushing, no scripted tour. She gave us insights to the furniture, the family, had an answer to all our questions, no matter how obscure. A tour guide with passion is always the best tour. It was a perfect fall day, beautiful grounds. Went to Cold Spring for a late lunch and a walk around town and then came back for a sunset on the Belvedere overlooking the Hudson, a perfect day. I highly recommend a visit to Boscobel.

Thank runningtiger33
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

This sunny, attractive, historic home on the Hudson River is well worth a visit to see the interior with its fine federal style furnishings, and to stroll the grounds. In season, there are performances outdoors and special events. Check the website to plan your visit. Family friendly.

Thank Elizabeth M
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stopped at Boscobel House & Gardens en route to Litchfield Hills. The tour of the house was very informational. Our guide tried his best to create an atmosphere where we felt like it was back in time. Great period pieces and lovely grounds/view of the Hudson River.

There is no need to return but anyone passing by should definitely stop in.

Thank Lisa Ann D
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

OK, so it's not exactly an original: it was dismantled and rebuilt in a new location. But then, so were the Pyramids in Egypt. What makes this worth the trip is the quality of the guide (we had Patrick, an indefatigable enthusiast) and the beauty of the restored/recreated interiors and their setting on the banks of the Hudson. We had a lovely sunny afternoon, which helped, but I would recommend this as a visit which reminds us of the importance of conservation, to help us understand the past - and the present.

Thank Bigapplebrit
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