Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, the Locust Grove Estate combines nature, history, and architecture. The estate features a historic mansion, 200 acres of preserved property, hiking trails, art galleries, and classrooms for educational programs. The Estate is not-for-profit and is maintained in its pre-World War II state. Visitors can take a guided tour or explore the grounds at their leisure.
The main house was designed in 1850 as a summer residence. It was then renovated and expanded in 1901 for the new owners, William and Martha Young. The residence was also modernized with central heat, hot and cold running water, and electric lighting around this time. The Young family eventually created the foundation that preserves the estate today. Today the mansion houses the family’s possessions like they would have been used in the early 1900s.
Established more than 150 years ago, the estate is largely preserved as it was envisioned by the original developer Samuel Morse. In the early 1900s, Martha expanded the formal gardens and built scenic carriage drives along the river.
Today these roads serve as expansive hiking trails for visitors. The gardens are preserved as they were in the 1900s. The Cutting Garden displays Martha’s unique style and the restored Kitchen Garden shows the variety of crops grown on the estate.
School programs at the Locust Grove Estate are available for any group of 12 or more. The programs are aligned with various New York State school curriculum standards and bring hands-on learning to history, math, science, and technology.
The Technology Series lets visitors explore science in a fun, historical context. The Telegraphy program introduces electrical circuits and communication experiments. Visitors also learn to interpret Morse code messages.
The House Hunt
The House Hunt gives students a chance to work in teams and learn about various artifacts that would have been used by a family in the early 1900s. The list includes simple machines and tools, and devices used for lighting, cooking, refrigeration, and entertainment.
Visit the sixth-longest suspension bridge of 1930 Mid-Hudson Bridge
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