Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate is a not-for-profit museum, education center, and nature preserve.
The heart of the estate is an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel Morse by architect A. J. Davis. Beginning 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. Today Locust Grove, with miles of carriage roads, landscaped grounds, historic gardens and Hudson River views, is open to the public as the gift of Annette Innis Young.
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.
The Visitor Center is open on weekdays in January, February and March. The Mansion will open for tours on weekends in April, and daily after May 1.