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When:

Wednesday through Monday
April through October | 10:00am-5:00pm, last tour at 4:00pm
November and December | 10:00am-4:00pm, last tour at 3:00pm

Admission:

$0-17 | Members receive four complimentary passes.
Please see our Visit page for complete details.

Details:

From mid-April through December, Boscobel offers expertly guided tours of the Neoclassical mansion. All house tour tickets include admission to 68 acres of our gardens and grounds.

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the dream house of Loyalists Elizabeth and States Dyckman. But by the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was sold to a wrecker for just $35 and demolished. With generous support from Reader’s Digest co-founder Lila Acheson Wallace, preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north in Garrison, New York. The Neoclassical mansion was restored back to – and even beyond – its original grandeur. Though its history and original inhabitants are fascinating, the house is much more than historic. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful work of art.

Boscobel’s interiors display one of the finest collections of New York furniture from the Federal period, including documented examples by America’s most celebrated cabinetmaker, Duncan Phyfe. Polished mahogany, gilt bronze, and cut glass sparkle with always-changing natural light. Pastoral landscapes appear on paintings, prints, ceramics, and even furniture. Boscobel’s collection inspires designers, artists, scholars, and anyone who appreciates color and craftsmanship.

Overlooking Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Boscobel’s landscape showcases dramatic views of the Hudson River. The Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery offers hikers a tranquil mile through the forest. The Apple Orchard, Rose Garden, and Herb Garden, feature fruit trees and plants prized by New Yorkers then and now. The Hudson River School Artists Garden, with sculptures by Greg Wyatt, honors 19th-century painters who celebrated this region. Boscobel embodies, preserves, and shares the beauty of the Hudson River Valley landscape.

Tours last approximately 50 minutes. Please call 845-265-3638 to check availability.

Library Pass Program:

In addition to daily house tour tickets, Boscobel offers all local libraries the opportunity to join our Library Pass Program and share with their patrons engaging experiences of Hudson Valley design, history, and nature.

Please check with your local library to inquire about its participation in the program.

Benefits to library patrons who check out the Library Pass:
Free admission for one adult plus three guests of any age to include a guided tour of the Historic House Museum, access to the grounds and seasonal exhibitions, plus a 10% discount in the Design Shop for all members in the passholder’s party.

Library representatives may purchase a pass above. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at 845-265-3638 or via our Contact page.

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