Boscobel House and Gardens

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Boscobel House and Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Boscobel House and Gardens is an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts, including furniture, from the Federal period. Boscobel offers tours of the Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River. From mid-April through December, Boscobel hosts lively events, innovative exhibitions, talks by the world’s top design experts, and engaging programs and activities for families. Children are always welcome.
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY4,084 contributions
Oct 2021
Some mixed feelings about Boscobel... I've known of the gardens for a while and have been meaning to visit based on the great reviews and their website. I was a bit disappointed when I finally made the trip though.

There are very limited things to do/see. Right now, the house is closed. There is a small herb garden and a central garden too. There is a lovely sweeping view of Hudson with the Marsh below..making for some gret photo ops on clear days... But...that's about it...

There are some hiking trails which I ventured into but nothing more than the usual trail....trees...dirt...rocks. No signs, or exhibits, or facts along the way.

I think, for what they offer, the current $12 is a bit much. $6-8 would be more appropriate. I will have to return when the house re-opens, that may make the visit worthwhile.

Also, there are some events there from time to time...such as "Applefest" which may also be worth the visit...

The few staff members I encountered were friendly and helpful. There was one person checking names as you enter into the parking lot (ample parking spaces) and another person at the visitor's check-in building to check you in, give you an admission sticker and answer any questions you have.
Written October 15, 2021
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Peter B
Solihull, UK325 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Fascinating history very informative staff especially in the house itself a lovely afternoon out but did feel a tad overpriced as only an hour or so of stuff to do max.
Written August 30, 2021
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asa c
Ettington, UK30 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Boscobel House is a great day out for all the family. The house is interesting, there is a great play area for children and the staff were friendly and helpful. I particularly enjoyed the interactive candles in the house. The only thing that would have made it better for me would have been the inclusion of more details in the house itself. There wasnt much about the house and the rooms within it or the priest holes the king hid in. Overall though worth a visit
Written August 5, 2021
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Nick F
8 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Weekday visit during Covid - beautiful grounds and hikes with no crowd.

We used this as a starting point to hike to Constitution Marsh (no parking for the Marsh anymore). Ended up doing some additional hiking and strolling on the Boscabel grounds, and soaked up the view and gardens after the hikes. Absolutely stunning views - can't be over stated.

House is closed. Staff were incredibly friendly and treated my little kids with respect and charm (gave them activity books and explained all about the gardens in kids language - all impromptu)

Would go again. Not too bad to buy day passes.

Note - don't do the hike to Constitution Marsh with little kids - too far and too steep.
Written November 27, 2020
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lovethesightz
4 contributions
Oct 2020
When we visited Columbus Day Weekend, we were only able to visit the grounds and gardens around the house, but it was still a very enjoyable place to spend an afternoon. The highlight was the gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the opposite shore with West Point and a railroad line visible. The statue garden was nice and each statue had biographical information about the person shown. Nice place to plan a picnic and visit with elementary aged kids. Don't forget to print at home or pick up on site a tour guide for kids with questions and activities.
Written November 13, 2020
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AlainNYC
New York City, NY21 contributions
Sep 2020
The house was covid closed but the grounds were clean and full of apples, pears, quince beautiful elevated walk like a balcony to the Hudson river. We sat for 2 hours on an open bench that was a wonderfull center outlook to the magnificent river with West Point on the right and numerous canals closer to us. It was truly romantic day and truly Adam and Eve environment...
Written September 30, 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,485 contributions
Dec 2019
I had never heard of Boscobel before visiting the Mills Mansion and I decided to visit it. It is a very impressive house tour as it had it had been decorated for the holidays. The house had been built in 1806 after the Revolutionary War and was built in the Federalist fashion with American furnishings.

The house is the home of the Dyckman family of New York (the same family of the Dyckman Farmhouse in Washington Heights) and the house had to be finished by States Dyckman's wife after his death. The house was built for living all year round and had a very impressive front entrance with a sweeping staircase and impressive rooms facing the river.

The rooms were furnished with a combination of family heirlooms and period pieces that had been picked out by the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The house was decorated with garlands and candles as they would have been for the holidays of that period.

Our tour guide, Sam, gave us an excellent tour of the house putting us into the mind set of the family members who were living here at the time. The house was decorated elegantly and understated but still elaborate for the time. The furnishings were well designed and fit the period. Everything was a little showy but still it feels like a home and not a museum.

The rooms were set for afternoon tea and for a holiday dinner in the dining room. It was an interesting look about how the family must have lived at the time. Four generations of family lived in the house and there must have been a lot of pride in this house.

Our tour guide gave a very vivid view of what it must have been like to live here at the time and how they lived. It was an interesting look at the post-revolutionary war period in this country.

Put this manor house on your bucket list to visit especially if you get Sam as your tour guide.
Written December 29, 2019
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Laura S
Poughkeepsie, NY14 contributions
Dec 2019
We had been to Boscobel for Shakespeare festivals many years ago. The grounds are beautiful and the view of the Hudson River magnificent, even on a gloomy winter day. We decided to tour the house, taking advantage of free passes from our local library. I think it is a little pricey for tickets-$18 per person. The tour was about an hour and our guide Renee was very informative. The house was decorated for Christmas and was lovely. Stop into Cold Spring for lunch and antiquing to complete your day.
Written December 27, 2019
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TR26
Dayton, OH719 contributions
Dec 2019
We wound up touring the Boscobel house when our original plans fell through (the Putnam County museum wasn't open as advertised). It turned into a pleasant couple of hours.

This excellent example of a Federalist Style mansion was originally located further up the Hudson. After WWII it was slated for demolition, but several preservationists and wealthy donors raised the millions it took to disassemblre and move the building. Original drawing and inventories permitted a complete rebuild, so that only 20% or so of the structure is original material--and a couple of interior changes had to be made to accommodate safety concerns--but the history is authentic.

You must pay for a guided tour to get inside the house. Our tour guide was Renee, and she seriously knew her stuff. Being the Christmas season, we had the additional fun of having the place decorated as it would have been historically for the holidays.

The building sits on a generous park that, in nicer weather, allows you to wander about to enjoy the orchard and the sculpture. The view of the Hudson River Valley here is superb,

One quibble I often have with guided tours is that the tour guide gets into a routine that might benefit from a little flexibility. We ran into that in Arizona when a tour guide at Taliesyn West had us standing in 110 plus degree weather outdoors while continuing his habitual routine, when the talk could have been easily moved into one of the indoor air conditeioned spaces. In the same way, on this cold December day, we were left standing outdoors for a rather long discussion of how the house was rebuilt on this property--something we could have gone indoors to hear more comfortably.

Let's also mention that the gift shop in their visitor's center has a small selection of very high-class merchandise!

That noted, I had a pleasant hour-and-a-half learning about how the 1% lived in post-Revolutionary times. I thought it was well worth the cost of admission.
Written December 26, 2019
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Lee Ann
Arlington, TX307 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Our group of 36 were broken in smaller groups and it made the house visit easier. However the communication between the docents as to who would show the gardens and work on a small project planned for us was very poor. We were left to fend for ourselves. They provided our group with box lunches and were very welcoming. I am quite sure the grounds and gardens are lovely in the spring, but a winter garden tour is fairly pointless. The house was simply decorated for Christmas and the view of the river and West Point are awe inspiring.
Written December 24, 2019
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