News & Announcements

Boscobel House & Gardens Appoints New Curator

100_7235Boscobel continues to support its experienced and knowledgeable staff with the addition of Jennifer Carlquist as its new Curator (effective February 4, 2015). Ms. Carlquist will research, oversee and celebrate the museum’s nationally renowned collection of New York furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. She will also organize annual exhibitions that highlight the museum’s strengths and the rich artistic traditions of the Hudson Valley.

Ms. Carlquist is an art historian specializing in American interiors and 17th- to 21st-century decorative arts and designs made, collected and/or retailed in America. Her 15-year career as a museum professional includes curatorial and fundraising positions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Glensheen Historic Estate and a fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

Ms. Carlquist teaches at SUNY New Paltz and has guest lectured at Parsons New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Victorian Society in America Summer Schools, Newport Symposium, Decorative Arts Forum and museums across the country. Ms. Carlquist earned her B.F.A. in Art History at the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in the Parsons/Cooper-Hewett Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design.

Ms. Carlquist’s first order of business at Boscobel will be researching the permanent collection and organizing its upcoming exhibition, Every Kind of a Painter: The Art of Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871).

Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel states, “We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to Boscobel. Her extensive experience and expertise in the historic focus of our mission will be of tremendous value, especially as we continue to enhance our exhibition programming and the interpretation of the iconic period rooms in our splendid mansion.”

2015 Season – Events, Exhibitions & More

Programming is well underway for Boscobel’s calendar of events… Many signature programs will return in 2015, such as the Boscobel Style Lecture Series, Turtle Walk, Yoga with a View, the Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic, Family Bonfire Night and Ghost Tours. Sparkle will also be back in December to offer the community an elegant and entertaining family event for the holidays.

Some new events are being developed, as well, including a historic tasting and music in the mansion with an 1800s chamber concert. All events revolve around Boscobel’s main attraction, of course, which are the house tours. Step back in time for a guided visit of Boscobel, and learn how it came to be the lavishly decorated mansion that it is today. Take in the spectacular view of the Hudson River and be inspired.

Opening in the Exhibition Gallery on August 2 will be, Every Kind of a Painter: The Art of Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871). View the acclaimed works of the man who spent the last 11 years of his life living in a house he built next door to what is today Boscobel. Details coming soon.

The Cold Spring Farmer’s Market opens May 9, and The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival returns to its legendary, outdoor stage for season 29.

Reminder: Friends of Boscobel members always receive free admittance to the house and grounds, as well as discounts on event tickets and in the gift shop. Support your favorite not-for-profit historic site; memberships start at just $40.

Please watch the Calendar of Events at for more details and to purchase tickets. See you when we reopen Wednesday, April 1!

Boscobel Salutes Veterans in November

To honor all former U.S. military personnel, Boscobel is offering free house & grounds admission to veterans who show their military ID (or even a photo of themselves wearing their uniform!) at the front desk during the month of November, 2014. The Boscobel Salutes Veterans Program also includes half-price admission for up to five family members per visiting veteran.

Playgroups Expanded Through Fall 2014

Due to the popularity of its spring playgroup series, Rhyme Time by the Hudson, Boscobel is now offering three more sessions for young children in 2014. The interactive, educator-led playgroups are designed for children ages 1 through 5 with their parents, grandparents or caregivers and take place in Boscobel’s spacious pavilion tent off the west meadow, as well as its inspirational Hudson River scenic overlook.

Children will hear about the history and hidden messages in popular nursery rhymes like “Humpty Dumpty” and “Twinkle Little Star” while uncovering the lore of the mighty Hudson. This engaging playgroup is focused on toddler fun from days gone by and uses interactive songs, storytelling and games to spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination. All playgroups take place Fridays, 10:00-10:45am.Class size is limited and fill quickly; advance registration required. See Playgroups under Education tab for session dates and registration info.

Military Families get FREE Admission this Summer

Active duty military and their families can enjoy free admission at Boscobel House & Gardens, plus more than 2,000 other museums nationwide, from Memorial Day until Labor Day 2014 through the Blue Star Museums program.

Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Monday, May 26, 2014 through Monday, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

Boscobel Offers Spring Playgroups for Tots

There’s Friday morning fun in store at Boscobel this spring! A new series of interactive, educator-led playgroups is designed for children ages 1 through 5 with their parents, grandparents or caregivers and takes place in Boscobel’s spacious pavilion tent, as well as its inspirational Hudson River scenic overlook. Children will hear about the history and hidden messages in popular nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Twinkle Little Star while uncovering the lore of the mighty Hudson. This engaging playgroup focuses on toddler fun from days gone by and uses interactive songs, storytelling and games to spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination.

3-Week Session
Fridays, 10:30-11:15am
May 2, 9, 16
For more information, contact Lisa DiMarzo: or 845.265.3638 x140

Boscobel Begins Historical Upgrade

Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House & Gardens, announced the commencement of sweeping historical upgrades for the entry hall of its iconic c.1808 Federal style mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The project heralds long-term future changes for the house reflecting new interpretive programming.

One of America’s Great Historic Homes    

Built by States and Elizabeth Dyckman in the first decade of the 19th century, Boscobel was dramatically saved from demolition, dismantled and moved to its present site in the late 1950s. It was first restored and opened to the public in 1961 with support from Lila Acheson Wallace who, together with her husband DeWitt Wallace, founded Reader’s Digest. Boscobel has long been recognized as one of America’s premier historic homes of the Federal Period. It boasts beautiful rooms reflecting the style, design and living standards aspired to by the new and established gentry of the early Republic, especially landowners of the Hudson River Valley.

In 1977, the mansion was reopened to the public following a year-long complete decorative renovation by Berry B. Tracy, then a curator with the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Tracy’s perspective was based on the results of an 1807 estate inventory of States Morris Dyckman and surviving original Dyckman manuscripts.

A Complete Transformation   

Subsequent research is now resulting in additional changes for Boscobel. The first and perhaps most visually significant will take place in its grand entry hall. This architecturally classic space with its high ceiling, signature sweeping staircase, columned center arches and dramatic Palladian window will be completely transformed. The walls are receiving a new period-appropriate wallpaper, the floor will showcase a new historic floorcovering, and the painted woodwork trim will receive a new color.

Decisions regarding the wallpaper, floorcovering and paint were all based on extensive research performed by Boscobel’s Curator and Collection Manager, Judith Pavelock. For many years, Ms. Pavelock examined regional, American domestic interiors during the period of Boscobel’s construction. Richard and Jane Nylander are the historic consultants to Boscobel’s upgrade project.

With the exception of the paint color and estate inventory of Boscobel furnishings dated April 27, 1824, comparative historical references will be used where there is no documented information about original decorative elements. Because canvas floorcoverings were common in large entry halls and elsewhere in early American homes, and Boscobel had installed one when it reopened in 1977, that tradition will continue. The new canvas floorcovering replicates the appearance of an off-white marble floor with a scrolling foliage border. It is being handmade and installed by Gwenith Jones and Kenneth Forcier of Gracewood Design in Portland, Oregon.

The ochre-hued wallpaper has an alternating pattern of narrow vertical sheaves bound with tightly cascading swags, flanked by articulated grapevines. It will be meticulously reproduced based on an original documented paper selected from the collection of Historic New England.

Original Paint Samples Uncovered

The updated paint color for the original wood trim of Boscobel’s entry hall was revealed through a scientific study conducted by Dr. Susan L. Buck, a conservator in private practice who specializes in the analysis and conservation of painted surfaces on wooden objects and architectural materials. It will be a cream-colored paint, with a light sheen. In addition to presenting historic upgrades in the Boscobel hall, the process of installation follows precedent.

The wallpaper is being made by Steve Larson at Adelphi Paper Hangings, LLC, in Sharon Springs, NY, a small, artisanal producer of historically accurate block printed wallpapers. It will be installed by Jim Yates, master paperhanger of Historic Wallpaper Specialties, Johnson City, Tennessee, as it would have been two hundred years ago using joined, overlapping sheets and scissor-trimmed ends. The linseed oil-based paint has been handmade as it would have been at the time of Boscobel’s building and applied in a similarly traditional fashion using historic materials by historic paint artisan, Erika Sanchez Goodwillie.

Sneak Peek in March with Completion Set for Spring 2014

The Boscobel project for the grand entry hall is scheduled to be completed this spring, when the mansion typically reopens to the public. However, a sneak peek of the hall for volunteers and members of Boscobel, will take place at the end of March. 

Sparkle’s Closing Weekend Extended!

Due to winter storm Electra, Boscobel’s 12/14 Sparkle, Nights of 10,000 Lights event has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 22 making the grand finale of this new holiday tradition a 3-day-long event. Sparkle’s last weekend for 2013 will take place Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 20, 21 & 22, 5-9pm. Although Twilight Tour tickets are sold out, Grounds Only tickets –with all of the lights and attractions included– are still available. To plan your visit and purchase tickets, see each night’s line-up of attractions on the December Event Calendar at

Boscobel Named Best Place to Picnic

Just in time to launch new food service by Hudson’s Hil’s Café & Market!

Readers of Hudson Valley Magazine, in their annual survey for The Best of the Hudson Valley, voted Boscobel as The Best Place to Have a Picnic. Although typically known as a historic house museum from the Federal period, a venue for special events, exhibitions, lectures and more, word is apparently spreading that Boscobel has picnic tables, bistro tables, chairs and grassy lawns overlooking a jaw-dropping spot for one of, if not the best, panoramic views of the Hudson River and its Highlands.

With this in mind, Boscobel decided to offer their visitors an essential picnic amenity – a freshly- prepared, daily-delivered selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks prepared by Hudson Hil’s Café & Market of Cold Spring, NY.

According to Boscobel’s Executive Director Steve Miller, “Visitors can now plan to purchase food and beverages at Boscobel before or after they purchase their admission ticket. They can then head out on the grounds for a picnic experience like no other. Even if they didn’t plan to picnic, rather than leave the property in search of food, they can find a delectable variety right inside our Carriage House. Visitors may even find a picnic basket and/or blanket in our Gift Shop.”

Hudson Hil’s is a small restaurant in Cold Spring NY, only 1.5 miles from Boscobel. Their mission is to create a high-quality dining experience with a casual atmosphere, while integrating New York State products into their menu to help support local small businesses. “We pride ourselves on offering exceptional food with friendly service, says Owner Hilary Hayes.

In 2010, Garrison residents Bob and Hilary Hayes planned to open a restaurant that would take advantage of the Hudson River Valley’s bounty. At the time, Bob was at home with their young children and Hilary was commuting to Wall Street as an equity analyst. A classically trained chef, Bob wanted back in the kitchen, and Hilary wanted more time with their children. By February 2011, they found themselves welcoming more than 150 guests to the gala opening of their new Hudson Hil’s Café & Market, which features only the freshest ingredients from New York organic farms.

Another tasty offering: Boscobel visitors are entitled to a discount at Hudson Hil’s Café & Market. Monday through Friday, present your receipt (for Boscobel admission) to your server at Hudson Hil’s, and receive 10% off your in-restaurant dining. (Offer good only on the day of your visit to Boscobel.)   Spend the day! Enjoy stories of the Hudson Valley with an outdoor audio tour, stroll the gardens and grounds, tour the mansion, picnic for lunch or…take a break at Hudson Hil’s…then come back to hike the Woodland Trail and take in the sunset views. Perfect for Metro North day trippers, too.

Friends of Boscobel Membership Campaign Planned for Fall

Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House & Gardens announced plans last week for a fall membership campaign. The revitalized Friends of Boscobel program will enjoy new status as a committee of the Boscobel Board. The structure will expand museum benefits and enhancements for existing and future Friends of Boscobel. The plan is part of Board-directed development initiatives that will include annual fundraising solicitations and other customary support activities, the benefits of which will be especially directed towards Boscobel’s educational endeavors. To this end, Boscobel created the new position of Museum Educator which is now filled by Lisa DiMarzo, an experienced regional museum education professional.

Boscobel has long welcomed members as Friends of Boscobel. The Friends are appreciated for their support of the historically acclaimed mansion, its collections, programs and land, which boasts one of America’s great views. Indeed, the scenic vista of the Hudson River and its Highlands is iconic and a stunning attraction in its own right. But, it is the landmark Boscobel mansion that commands attention far and wide as one of the country’s finest and most important homes documenting the Federal period in our nation’s history.

Speaking of the integration of the Friends of Boscobel into Boscobel’s proactive development program, Miller noted that, “We have long been deeply appreciative of the role members play as partners in our work to preserve, celebrate and assure a viable future for an extraordinary American legacy. The Friends of Boscobel members program not only supports the work of the staff, board of directors and volunteers, but participants enjoy our wide array of programs and activities as well. We look forward to greatly expanding this valued group as an integral part of our development activities. We are also very pleased that Board member and Vice President Alex Reese, whose mother was a long time Director of Boscobel and who founded the Friends of Boscobel, has agreed to serve as the initial Chairman of this Friends of Boscobel Committee. Donna Blaney, our highly experienced Marketing & Events Manager is the staff liaison.”