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Locust Grove Estate

Address: 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone Number: +1 845-454-4500
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Poughkeepsie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Owner description: Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate is a museum...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate is a museum and nature preserve centered on a 45-room Italianate villa built in 1851. Begining in 1895 new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with their vast collection of art and antiques, and added new gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Young's daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate essentially as her parents had used it. Inside the historic mansion, step back in time to the early years of the 20th century; the Young family's collection of Hudson River School paintings, early 19th-century American furniture, and personal possessions are still in place after more than a century.

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brownsville,pa.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

As a travel photographer , I picked the best time to visit Locust Grove Estate, late September. My camera and eye was delighted to see the beautiful estate, fall foliage, gardens still in full bloom. Vegetables dangling in the sun, waiting to be plucked for that night's supper. All this and the gorge leading down to the Hudson River. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If the house had not been built by Samuel Morse, whose code was so important for a long time, but has been outdated for a while, I would not have been attracted in the first place. On my way from Albany to NYC on a warm and overcast Sunday, December 28, I visited Locust Grove on Route 9. The parking... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Don't miss this house tour during the holidays. The house is beautifully decorated for Christmas and the Open House I went to was very nice and fairly priced admission. The docents and volunteers made the visit very pleasant and I had a wonderful time learning about the families that lived there.

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Brooklyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Locust Grove is located next to our hotel. There the mansion that was the home of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the Morse Code, is located there. We didn't go see that, but we checked out the museum on the premises and spent time there, for a modest fee. There are also walking trails on the area, and they... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We enjoyed this place so much. It's absolutely gorgeous. Touring the house where Samuel Morse used to live was such a treat. It was like a trip back in time with everything that we saw so beautifully preserved for our enjoyment. If you love antiques, you have to see this place. The grounds are so beautiful. In the spring, we... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The buildings are really interesting with Samuel FB Morse, but the grounds are wonderful. Great hiking trails to the river, cascading brooks, ponds, old barns, and great exercise. Can get to the overlook of the train tracks to view the Hudson River. You get away from busy route 9 in an instant. Great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Locust Grove was the home of Samuel F.B. Morse. The home, and visitors center. is open to the public and offers tours of the home. The grounds are enjoyable, and the overall experience makes it a must see.

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Hurley, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

You get a little bit of everything here. In the spring/summer they have beautiful gardens. They have hiking trails. They have an art gallery with rotating exhibits. They have the history of locust grove with signs posted around the grounds and in the building. They have a cute gift shop and restrooms. We went with teens and young children and... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The grounds have pretty gardens in the summer, but at any time of year, it is a nice place to hike and see gorgeous trees and other interesting flora. Can get glimpses of the Hudson River here and there, but there are better places to get river views if that's what you are after. There is an interesting display of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It was not crowded when we were there so have much of the site to ourselves. The home is worth seeing but not noteworthy. We had a knowledgeable and friendly docent. The hiking trails are quite nice and well marked, with varying length options. Most are downhill to the Hudson, so be prepared for a potentially long hike back to... More 

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