Locust Grove Estate

Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie: Hours, Address, Locust Grove Estate Reviews: 4.5/5

Locust Grove Estate
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Jess_L_M_W
Owings Mills, MD93 contributions
A gorgeous Manor House
Oct 2021 • Business
We were at the Moon, Serpent , and Bone Oddities Night Market as vendors & Got to explore this amazing building while we were there. The building was absolutely beautiful inside and out I wish I had actually been able to take pictures but I was a little bit shackled to my table. The bathroom was incredibly clean as well as the building and the grounds during daytime were absolutely inviting and in the night time just made for a spectacular evening. If you attend any events at this location you will have an amazing and lovely experience.
Written October 3, 2021
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Susan S
5 contributions
Beautiful home with the river at a distance.
Sep 2021
The house was closed on a Monday but you could walk the grounds for free. The gardens were getting toward the end, probably nice in late spring and summer. The house was well kept on the outside. We were able to look into one room off the porch which didn't have too much in it. Be careful of entering the property. It's a driveway gate right off busy Route 9.
Written October 3, 2021
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Sharon W
Houston, TX7 contributions
Lovely place to walk around.
Aug 2021
Beautiful place to walk around. And beautiful views of the river and the mountains on the other side of the river. Plus the gift shop has stunning locally made jewelry
Written August 18, 2021
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Debbie E
New York NY48 contributions
A LITTLE-KNOWN FIND
Nov 2020
Locust Grove Estate was built as a summer house for his family by Samuel F.B. Morse, who made a fortune by inventing his eponymous code. It is beautifully situated on a stunning piece of property overlooking the Hudson. After ownership passed from the Morse family, it was bought by a wealthy family called Young, and it is their furniture and belongings that still furnish the house. This is notable, as many historic houses have period furniture, but often these items are not original to the property. The grounds are full of flowering shrubs and trees and must be utterly gorgeous in spring and summer. The house only recently reopened for tours, and one must sign up in advance for the tour. The tour is fairly expensive ($25 per person), but the good news was that it was private, which reduced fears of Covid — and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about every item we inquired about. The house itself is a treasure trove of furniture, decorative items, and collectibles. This place is not opulent in the manner of the Vanderbilt mansion, but if you enjoy historic houses, this is a good one to visit.
Written November 3, 2020
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Saluga
Wading River, NY2,383 contributions
Nice Trail and Garden
Sep 2020
The house is closed because of the virus, but the gardens and trails are open. We did the Lane Loop Road trail which is about two miles. The trail is wide and rocky in parts with a few inclines, but not too difficult. It goes through woods and a meadow and has a view of the Hudson River at one point. The garden is small, and had some pretty fall flowers in bloom. There's no admission to see the garden or go on the trails.
Written October 3, 2020
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vacationNusa
Brooklyn, NY48 contributions
Nice place to relax Walk Hike climb the hill
Sep 2020
Was there on Labor Day. Nice quite place. Grounds and the back gardens are nice. But nothing amazing to come from far away.
For us, the enjoyment was going down and up the trails that takes you down to the Hudson River. You can not real go down all the way to the river, because the rail road is running by the river right in front of the property of the estate.
We were there approx 2 1/2 hrs. It was very nice.
If you are of age or with a disability of walking or climbing it is a no no. Also would not recommend the trails for a family with small children. We met a family with small children on the way up. They had a difficult time with the children going up. They were exhausted.
But on the grounds and garden it is relaxing for all.

Best if you go when it is not very hot or humid. The way up will make you exhausted on a very hot humid day.

What knocked me off and you have to be aware off this is, the entire place does not have a public restroom. after 2 1/2 hours walking we needed a restroom. The lady told us "Sorry we do not have one for the public" I asked what to do? she told me to walk down the road to the next Gas Station... Which is quite down the road.

The estates were all close. It is because the pandemic. There is no date as of now when it will be opened again to the public.

Overall we enjoyed and it is a nice place to relax. Many shops gas stations are around not too far

Romantic Place? To hold hands, walk in a nice quite atmosphere in the woods together. Take nice pictures on the grounds next to the estate or garden ETC.
Is this place if you are traveling with a big group ? I would say yes. It would of make it way more enjoyable the hiking in a group. You can sing laugh together. The allow a picnic only if it is in a discreet manor.
As of now there is no charge but Donations which they have a box in the front is appreciated.
Written September 8, 2020
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Voyager539770
9 contributions
Great historic site right on Route 9!
Jul 2019
Daughter and I love visiting historic houses, and hadn't been here in a while. Great tour, and we enjoyed visiting the grounds. On other visits here was have walked the trails geocaching, and also birding.
Written February 11, 2020
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Lynn W
Poughkeepsie, NY44 contributions
Nice place to have an easy hike/walk
Sep 2019 • Friends
Wonderful place to go to walk the historic property, see the hudson river, take in the sites of old buildings, gardens and nature. Great for adults and children. Easy to follow trail, and bookshop. A bit eerie that my camera would not take a picture of the porch of the house (a spirit did not want their picture taken)
Written January 7, 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,360 contributions
Don't miss Locust Grove decorated for the Christmas Holidays
Dec 2019
I was on a wonderful Christmas tour of the Hudson River Valley mansions and Locust Grove was the first one on my list. The house is really beautifully decorated for the holidays and our tour guide, Ethel was excellent. Remember to ask for her when touring the house.

The main rooms, the dining and living rooms were decorated for a Victorian Christmas and the bedrooms upstairs had smaller trees and presents in them. The upstairs billiards room was also decorated for the holidays even though the Morse family closed the house down to move to New York City in the winters.

The house is filled with decorative antiques and family heirlooms from the Young family, the second owners of the house and the house was left in tact by their daughter, Annette, who set up a foundation to keep this historic house going.

Whether it is the summer or the winter, especially at Christmas, the house is an interesting trip into the past when people relaxed and enjoyed their time in their homes. The tours are a lot of fun and an interesting turn into someone else's lifestyle that is long gone.
Written January 1, 2020
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Erika
North Haven, CT5 contributions
Great House Tour
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I had just recently went to Locust Grove Estate, and it was excellent! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the house was cool to see. The people that work there are supper nice and friendly. I would highly recommend going to see this house and the grounds.
Written December 23, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM