By Boat to Boscobel
On September 25th, the Conservancy’s fall cruise again took us north on the Hudson River for a private tour of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY, located on 68 acres on the east bank of the Hudson overlooking West Point. Considered one of the nation’s leading historic house museums, Boscobel is a neoclassical mansion begun in 1804 by States Morris Dyckman and completed by his widow Elisabeth Corne Dyckman in 1808. The house was almost destroyed in the 1950’s and was moved from its original location to its present one and fully restored thanks to the vision of Benjamin West Frazier and a grant of $500,000 from Lila Acheson Wallace, co-founder of the Reader’s Digest. The newly restored house was opened to the public in 1961.The house, which has been authentically restored under the guidance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contains an important collection of decorative arts from the Federal period with furniture by Duncan Phyfe and other well recognized New York cabinet makers.