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Springside National Historic Site --Andrew Jackson Downing
If you are into Historic landscape architect this is a must see place for you for sure it is the very last surviving unchanged example of Andrew Jackson Downing, the Gothic revival architect and first American born landscape designer architect. It is how a National Historic Site, the first one in Poughkeepsie.
This is a great place to walk around it has over 20 aches of Gothic old roads for carriages one can hike around in. I would think this would be a really well sort of spiritual place for the modern gothic revival – you know the kids with the black rain coats.
In case you were wondering this is the guy who designed the grounds for the White House, Central Park and the Washington Mall.
And, Right here is Poughkeepsie there is the Springside National Historic Site dedicated to Andrew Jackson Downing's work. By the way he died at only age 36 in a steamboat accident sounds gothic enough.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 185 Academy St., Poughkeepsie.
Phone: (845) 454-2060
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, MOIRAISTYX, for sharing this wonderful museum with me and my boys. We had the best time here, thanks to Moiraistyx and her son little P. The museum had changed a lot according to her little boy, but from what I understand the change was for the better. My boys and I loved playing in the giant heart, making big bubble around our bodies, playing soldier and visiting the pretend school house. I never knew this place was here and will definitely be going back sometime in the near future to play around some more.
Written Aug 14, 2008
I should be writing this in dots and dashes as this is the home of the inventor of the Mores code. "What hath God wrought" this was the first code sent from Washington to Baltimore in 1844. At this very nice museum you can learn about his life, and see his home and walk on his 150 acre estate along three miles of carriage roads that wonder through gardens.
This is very interesting museum, national historic landmark and the staff is very helpful and friendly.
There is a very nice video which give you and overview nice display of his Art (yes he was an Artist) explanation of the telegraph and gift shop
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The prices $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. The tours of the house is are at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The Video runs about 15 minutes and is shown just before each tour. It is free to walk around the grounds
Updated Nov 18, 2006
Address: 2683 South Road Rt 9 Poughkeepsie New york 12601
Phone: 845 454-4500
Vassar College -- Is one of the top dozen Liberal Arts colleges in the USA (as rated by the US News and world report) . We often time attend concerts at Vasser they have some really good events and they are often times free like the Chanticleer, internationally acclaimed a cappella choral ensemble that presented "Love's Messengers" at Vasser. Vassar also has a wonderful Pipe Organ by Gress-Miles, in the Chapel building that has a beautiful hand-carved façade. Also in the Movie The Muppets Take Manhattan the opening is of Vassar campus or in this case Muppet University I think.
Vassar also has a 1st rate arboretum, and really big too about 5 km that is wonderful to walk around with the Shakespeare Garden and about 250 kinds of trees
Some of the building are also really something The “main” building was designed by Smithsonian architect James Renwick and is a national historic landmark.
Written Oct 8, 2006
Address: 24 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12604
Just outside of the City of Poughkeepsie is the wonderful national historic landmark. Locust Grove is the estate of the late Samuel F.B. Morse. On the 150 acre estate you will find the Morse mansion, a museum shop, the Morse Gallery, beautiful flower gardens, a huge vegetable and herb garden, walking trails and shady groves. Entrance to the grounds is free. There is a tour offered for a minimum fee. This truly is a treasure that is a must see.
I last visited Locust Grove when the Anne Frank exhibit was there. This exhibit was free to the public and consisted of a short film (about 30 minutes), a life size recreation of Anne's room, a replica of the annex the Frank family hid in and hundreds of pictures from Otto Frank's personal collection. On display was also a hand written letter by Miep Santrouschitz, one of the people who brought Anne and her family food while they hid in the annex. This was a heart touching exhibit that should not be missed. It travels around the world so look for it in an area near you.
Written May 28, 2006
Address: 2683 South Rd-Route 9
The Chance was recently voted the Best Music Joint in the Hudson Valley. Here you can experience a little bit of everything. It is divided into three different clubs, the Chance Theater, Club Crannel and The Loft.
As teens we all used to come her to dance the night away. You can still do this here, only the music has gotten better. See the website for a complete listing of what is going on. And yes John Valby once performed here.
Please make sure to park in the municipal parking lot to avoid getting towed.
Written May 2, 2006
Address: 6 Crannel St.
The Mid Hudson Civic center consists of two parts, Mair Hall and the McCann Ice Arena. The McCann Ice Arena has open skating during the Spring on the following days and during the following hours; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00-2:00PM
Saturday & Sunday 2:00-4:00PM. The cost for adults $6 and children under 10 years old $4.
Skates can be rented for a $3.00 fee. A discount admission book can be purchased for $60.00 for 15 admissions. Mair Hall has is host to concerts and other community events including the annual Children's Expo and Circuses. Please see the website for a listing of upcoming events.
I saw my very first concert here, Chicago back in 1992. It was a great show. For those of you who are fans of the WWE, they are here 2-3 times a year.
Written May 2, 2006
Address: 14 Civic Center Plaza
Phone: (845) 454-5800
The Clinton House is a Dutch Colonial stone home built in 1765. After a fire in 1783, an order arrived from George Washington's New Windsor Cantonment to rebuild the house. The foundation is over 2 feet thick even though the gables are built of wood and the walls are built of fieldstone. The home is named after George Clinton, New York's first governor. The home is open Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 3 PM by appointment only. There is an $8.00 fee for library use.
Written May 2, 2006
Address: 549 Main Street
The Glebe House was built in 1767 for the first Anglican rector in Poughkeepsie, John Beardsley. Reverend Beardsley was forced to leave Poughkeepsie in 1777 due to his loyalist views. He lived in exile in Canda for the remainder of the American Reveolution. The word Glebe means land held by the church for use by the rector. The Glebe House is a one and a half story stone building. It has 3 bedrooms, a parlor, a study, and a keeping room. This is a wonderful example of an 18th century colonial home. The Glebe House originally stood on 26 acres of land.
Written May 2, 2006
Address: 635 Main Street
My one and only experience with the Bardavon Opera House, was amazing. I took Patrick there to see a talent show that was part of the annual Poughkeepsie Children's Expo. We saw some amazing children's performances, including a 9 year old belly dancer who brought down the house.
Besides the performances, ther Opera House is beautiful to look at. It was constructed in 1869 and is New York's oldest contiuously operating theater. It is definately worth a look at when in the Poughkeepsie area. See the website for a listing of events at the Bardavon.
Written May 2, 2006
Address: 35 Market Street