Boscobel

I’ve been to Boscobel twice, the second time as part of a group tour. The picture above is the best one I took, although members of the group are plainly visible. It’s a Federal-style mansion on the Hudson River with extensive grounds and an excellent view of West Point. Inside, the house has a great collection of Federal-style furniture. I have a particular liking for the Federal style, so this must rank as a top recommendation among the many historic house museums in the Hudson River Valley. Boscobel was built in 1804-1808 for the wealthy States Dyckman, a loyalist during the Revolutionary War, who did not live to see the mansion’s completion. His wife and son then lived in the house. The house originally stood in Montrose, New York, but was later taken down and eventually reconstructed in Garrison and reopened in 1961. When I was last there, over a year ago, the gift shop had three particularly notable books about the site: one was a picture book of the house, the second a book on the home’s Federal furnishings, and the third a biography of States Dyckman. The two picture books are excellent examples of the types of attractive guidebooks historic houses should have available. As a showplace of the Federal style, Boscobel ranks with such other houses as Gore Place, in Waltham Mass., and the Gardner-Pingree House in Salem, Mass.