The house at Locust Grove has changed little since being redecorated by William and Martha Young in the early 1900s. Mr. and Mrs. Young instilled in their children a great appreciation for their family’s art collection, which they carefully preserved in Locust Grove’s 40 rooms. It was William and Martha’s daughter, Annette Innis Young, who created a private foundation in 1975 to maintain her family’s historic estate, art collections, and 125 acres of gardens and woodlands for, in her words, “the enjoyment, visitation and enlightenment of the public.”
Today the Young family’s original collections of furniture, paintings, and everyday personal possessions fill every room of the house creating an exciting time capsule of Edwardian splendor. An outstanding collection of New York furniture in the Chippendale, Federal, and Empire styles complements artwork including 18th-century Dutch landscapes, 19th-century Hudson River School landscapes, and 20th-century prints and drawings. Throughout the house exquisite pieces of European glass, English silver, and porcelain from around the world provide a glimpse into the life of this prominent Poughkeepsie family.
The Young family’s personal possessions survive as well, and their clothing, jewelry, keepsakes, and knickknacks give the visitor the feeling that the owners have briefly left the room.