Built in 1850 by architect Alexander Jackson Davis, this iconic home in upstate New York was once the residence for artist Samuel F.B. Morse, and alter served as the primary home of William and Martha Young. Today, the home, the grounds and the entire estate are preserved as a museum that showcases the life of the Mid-Atlantic’s wealthy elite. In 1979, Locust Grove opened to the public and today, travelers can explore the well-preserved rooms filled with historic artifacts and family heirlooms.
Visitors can step back in time on a guided tour of the home and grounds—which is the only way to access the inside of the mansion—for a look at life nearly a hundred years ago. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary American artists are also on display at Locust Grove. And visitors will find that while there’s much to explore inside the mansion’s halls, the 180-acre grounds surrounding the home are equally worth checking out.
Locust Grove is located at 2683 South Road in Poughkeepsie, New York and is open from 10 to 5 pm daily. Guided tours change with the season and the cost of entry is $11 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 18. The grounds are accessible using public transportation from New York City on the Hudson Valley Metro North Line. Locust Grove is a two-mile taxi ride from the train station.