Celebrating its 5th decade as a historic house museum, Boscobel House and Gardens has opened for the season.
An 1824 inventory of the house, discovered in 1989, combined with more recent scholarly research projects, continues to inform the interpretation of Boscobel as it updates and improves the mansion’s furnishings and surrounding property.
In addition to mansion tours given six days a week by its staff of docents, Boscobel offers a variety of public events and programs April through December which support its mission to provide visitors with experiences rich in the history, culture and environment of the Hudson Valley.
New for 2017 will be Open House, Behind-The-Scenes Tours of the mansion, offered only in April, and many signature programs will return, such as the Boscobel Design Lectures, Turtle Walk, Yoga with a View, the Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic and Family Bonfire Night. Sparkle will also shine again in December, offering the community an elegant and entertaining family event at the holidays.
Boscobel’s presented education programs in numerous area schools last year. Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo will continue with those programs, as well as on-site activities such as playgroups, field trips, Starlab and more. The Living History: Military Reenactment event will return in August and popular, family-oriented programs, such as Bring the Kids! and Rhyme Time by the Hudson will continue, as well. In addition, a special opportunity to celebrate Earth Day takes place with a Trail Clean-Up on April 22.
Opening in the Exhibition Gallery on June 3 will be, Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques, the first major exhibition focused on historic attempts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Make-dos include everyday household remnants, such as porcelain teapots with silver replacement spouts and/or tin handles. The also include treasured relics, such as a decanter riddled with staples that was once owned by Washington Irving. More than 100 examples will be drawn from local private and public collections.
For outdoor enjoyment at Boscobel, guests may stroll the gardens, listen to an audio tour of local historic stories, visit the Hudson Valley Artists sculpture garden, hike the Woodland Trail of Discovery and, of course, take in the spectacular view from the main lawn, overlooking the Hudson River. Starting in May, guests can visit the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in Boscobel’s lower parking lot, and beginning early June, enjoy performances by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Friends of Boscobel members always receive free access to the house and grounds, as well as discounts on many event tickets and in the gift shop. Support your favorite not-for-profit historic site; memberships start at just $40 and can be purchased online.
Boscobel is located on Route 9D in Garrison just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. From April through October, hours are 9:30 am to 5 pm; November & December 9:30 am to 4 pm. The House Museum and distinctive Gift Shop at Boscobel are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For more information, visit their website or call (845) 265-3638.