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“A Nic Stop”

Locust Grove Estate
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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“A Nic Stop”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Locust Grove was once the home to artist and inventor Samuel Morse. It sits on the Hudson and there are 200 acres with carriage paths. The home, museum and site is worth a visit. Go to www.lgny.org for more information.

Visited April 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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273 reviews
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“The Tour Guide as excelllent - Beautiful grounds in the summer”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Since the property has changes hands since Mr. Morse passed, don't go there thinking that you will see things of his - there is an excellent museam, prior to the visit, but the home has the antiques from the last owner, they are wonderful, but very little belonged to Morse. The poeple of the gift shop were about as nice as they come and very helpful. The tour guide is well versed in all that is in the home .....

Visited April 2013
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New Paltz, New York
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“Dot Dash Dot”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Of all the Hudson River Mansions this is the least spectacular. It does have a nice building and grounds that go to the river. However if you have any interest in Samuel Morse and his telegraph it is a must see.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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“Wonderful hidden gem!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

When I came across Locust Grove in my research of the area, I knew Samuel Morris was the guy who invented the Morris code, but I knew nothing else. After visiting his home and exhibit, I know so much more. Not only did I learn a lot, but the home and furnishings were amazing. Although a lot of the furnishings and things were not his, they are from the people who bought the house from him. Most everything is original and just thinking about all of the history in those items is mind-blowing. This site may not be as well known as the other sites in the area, but well worth your time!

Visited November 2012
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“Not about Morse”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

I agree with a previous reviewer that this is not the place to learn about Samuel Morse, but it is worth a visit if you are touring the many mansions along the Hudson. Unlike some of the mansions, all of the 25 rooms are seen on the guided tour. When Locust Grove's last inhabitant, Annette Young died, all of the furnishings were left intact. With the docents being so knowledgeable about the Young family, I left feeling I had stepped back in time & visited them. There is a small museum dedicated to Samuel Morse, as well as an introductory video. Everyone in the group was surprised to learn that Morse was an artist before he became an inventor, & quite a good one. Some of his paintings on display in the museum rival those of many well-known artists. Since this visit was in December (on a private group tour) we did not walk the grounds, but I'm sure it's lovely when the gardens are in bloom.

Visited December 2012
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