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Locust Grove Estate

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Address: 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone Number: +1 845-454-4500
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust...

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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As a lifelong resident of the area, I've driven past Locust Grove on many occasions but have never been there. I'm surprised my school never had a field trip here. Anyway, my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Stormville, New York
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Stormville, New York
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a lifelong resident of the area, I've driven past Locust Grove on many occasions but have never been there. I'm surprised my school never had a field trip here. Anyway, my friend organized a trip to Locust Grove for our homeschool group. We were scheduled a lesson on the telegraph and basic electrical circuit for our homeschool group. Some... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was very disappointed that the estate is closed on weekends in winter. That makes no sense given they most likely would have the highest visitation on weekends with school in session? We tried to go yesterday and could not see the museum or the home. The grounds are open every day however and we did enjoy a short walk around... More 

Thank Jeremy512
new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is an interesting mansion, quite different in style and grandeur than the Mills and Vanderbilt mansions. Many rooms to see, but they are on a much smaller scale. No photography is allowed inside and the staff are a bit controlling. Still a worthwhile visit but do Vanderbilt first.

Thank schmutaki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Locust Grove is a great visit for history buffs, architecture buffs and lovers of hikes and beautiful views. This former home of Samuel F. B. Morse, reveals many little known facts about the inventor of Morse code. While most are familiar with his code invention which revolutionized communications in the 19th century, it is a little know fact that Morse... More 

Thank Merrilee O
Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The grounds gardens and hiking trails are wonderful to experience and the Holidays is a great time to visit as the house is dressed up in its holiday finery and they have many family events during this time.The have a wonderful venue there for weddings and other types of events.A gift shop on premises as well.

Thank Butchf52
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The handsome reception center on the Estate, rentable for functions from graduation celebrations to weddings, is a plus. The grounds, to me, are the main event -- great walks and birding in spring and fall, varied micro-landscapes from river rocks to ponds and meadows. Beautifully planted cutting gardens maintain the original feel of a lived-in-home.

Thank Judith D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

I have visited Locust Grove twice in the past five months. Once in the May and recently in October. I highly recommend coming in the fall because the foliage is spectacular. The docents were wonderful who give the tour of the house and also information about the estate. Also the paintings by Samuel Morse and some of the equipment he... More 

Thank Marsha M
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I'm both a professional event producer and a bride. I can say that this place is the best value and space in the Hudson Valley for a smallish wedding. We had 115 people and it felt cozy and right. You could go up to 130 but any more and you'd be crammed, IMO. Pros: Amazing garden for ceremony, funky patio... More 

Thank CQBrownie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Fabulous Italianate villa, formerly owned by Samuel Morse of telegraph fame, and then the Young family who, thankfully, established a foundation to preserve the home. The home is a look into life 150 years ago through relatively recent times and is chock full of interesting items that the Young family acquired over time. It's surrounded by colorful gardens (even in... More 

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Falmouth, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a national historic site, so no fee, but tours do fill up. Sign up in the gift shop (fairly good one). There is also a small museum room and art gallery adjacent to the gift shop. Samuel B. Morse was probably the Steve Jobs of his day. The house is very interesting to see - smallish, not conducive... More 

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