The Locust Grove Estate has been making history in the Hudson Valley for more than two centuries. Nearly 100 acres of land, farmed by the Livingston family since the 1700’s, formed the nucleus of a property acquired by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1847. Morse spent more than 25 years at Locust Grove, shaping his home into a graceful summer retreat.
Poughkeepsie’s prominent Young family brought a new vision to Locust Grove after acquiring the estate from Morse’s heirs in 1895. They began to purchase adjoining land, and added romantic gardens by the mansion and scenic carriage drives along the Hudson River. In 1975, Annette Innis Young, the last member of the family to live at Locust Grove, created a not-for-profit foundation to preserve the estate for “the enjoyment, visitation, and enlightenment of the public.”
Since that time, the museum trustees have continued to expand the estate’s open space by acquiring the adjoining Southwood and Edgehill estates. Today historic buildings, modern exhibit galleries, elegant gardens, miles of hiking trails, and exciting public programs are available to visitors year-round.
With a rigorous calendar of educational programs, group activities, and special event hosting, Locust Grove is the perfect location for your afternoon picnic, group retreat, or special day.