Trip Start May 09, 2010
Trip End May 09, 2010

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

After leaving the Noguchi Museum, we still had some time before dinner so we decided to head to Garrison where Boscobel is located.  Boscobel was built by States Dyckman in 1806 and left to his widow to manage after his death shortly after it was finished.  She ran a profitable produce business supplying New York City customers.  The house is in the Federal Style then popular.  The house was in the family for quite some time before falling into disrepair.  It was bought, moved to its current location and restored plank by plank.  It is in amazing condition and has quite a few special features.  Since the property has such a fantastic view, the many large windows take advantage of the view and the warming southern sunshine.  In Federal style, the classical antiquities were revered and the house attempts to capture them in the foyer with wallpaper to look like tiles and the floor to look like stone.  Our docent was fabulous and we learned several word derivations including threshold and what "tight" means in the rhyme:  "sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite."   The house is filled with original antiques from the period - some from the family.

the staff warned us that there was not much to see in the gardens.  Plus it was windy and chilly out.  We did, however, make a quick trip around the grounds before they closed the gates.  In addition to the beautiful view of the Hudson River toward West Point, there is a marshy area below the house on the shore of the Hudson.  The orchards that were part of the original estate were reproduced in part.  There is also an orangerie with an herb garden.  In it are placed several bee skeps.  There was also a rose garden but the roses weren't blooming yet and the tulips had already finished, but it was definitely an interesting estate and a fun place to visit.
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