The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature.
Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful piece of art.
Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers tours of our Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.
Open Wednesday through Monday from mid-April to December, Boscobel hosts lively events, innovative exhibitions, talks by the world’s top design experts, and engaging programs and activities for families. Children are always welcome.Learn More About the House
Our dedicated, passionate team
Jennifer Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional specializing in period interiors, and decorative arts that were made, collected, and/or retailed in America. She joined Boscobel as Curator in 2015, creating the award-winning exhibitions Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now (2016) and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques (2017).
Ms. Carlquist lectures widely on design history, including for SUNY New Paltz, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools. She holds a certificate in Museum Studies and is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt’s M.A. Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, the University of Minnesota, and the Attingham Summer School.
Director of Communications
Lauren directs Boscobel’s content, messaging, publicity, advertising, and digital initiatives. She has led high-impact communications campaigns for some of the country’s leading experts at Fortune 500 companies. Lauren’s writing appears in outlets including Newsday, Salon, Parents, and The Morning News. A former host on SiriusXM, WNYC, and WQXR, she has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, and the CBC. Lauren is a graduate of N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo is one of the most inventive, sought-after educators in the Hudson Valley. A naturalist with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she has spent 20 years developing family programming on Hudson River history and ecology. Boscobel visitors of every age and background benefit from her ability to distill information, develop workable program logistics, and engage audiences through active learning.
Private Events Manager
Colleen oversees weddings, corporate retreats, workshops, celebrations, and multi-cultural events at Boscobel. She has experience in event management and retail, and has a portfolio of interior design work for Hudson Valley businesses and historic entities. Prior to joining Boscobel, Colleen was Principal at Gift Horse Interiors as well as Developer and President of QuikCurtains.com.
Director of Visitor Engagement
At Boscobel, Ed’s focus is delivering exceptional experiences to diverse audiences. Ed is the co-founder of CausBuzz, a network platform supporting incentive-based services for schools. Previously, he was the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the Director of Exhibitions at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. He holds an M.S. in Human Resources Management.
Director of Finance and HR
Diane is responsible for finance, human resources, contracts, and insurance at Boscobel. After working as an auditor for three years in New York City, she held business management positions at Bell Atlantic, a nonprofit childcare center is Massachusetts, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Diane earned a B.B.A. from Pace in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.
Dana manages fundraising and membership initiatives at Boscobel. She has nearly a decade of fundraising and nonprofit experience, having worked for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Abilities First in Poughkeepsie. She serves on the Education Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Hudson Valley Chapter. Dana graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from Hult University in London and a Master’s in Special Education from Brooklyn College.
John directs operations and security at Boscobel. For twenty years, John worked at M&T Bank as the Capital District / Hudson Valley Region Property Manager, overseeing all bank-owned properties and rentals. Happily married with two children for over 30 years, John is a member of the Elks and a local Multiple Sclerosis fundraising group. He rescues dogs and enjoys boating and snowmobiling.
Design Shop Buyer
With over ten years of experience in graphic design, product development, and nonprofit arts administration, Emilia oversees the Design Shop with a focus on bringing tailored Hudson Valley products from local makers, companies, and artists to Boscobel. Previous work includes The New York Botanical Garden gift shop and the Rye Arts Center. Emilia has a Bachelors Degree in Art History from SUNY Purchase. She has taken graphic design and product development workshops at Pace and FIT. In her free time, Emilia creates textile patterns, draws, and paints.
Board Members and Annual Report
Mr. Barnabas McHenry, President
Mr. William J. Burback
Mr. Gilman S. Burke, Esq.
Mr. Henry Christensen
Ms. Susan Davidson
Ms. Meg Downey
Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Col. James M. Johnson
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Arnold S. Moss
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn, III
Mrs. Susan Hand Patterson
Mr. Alexander Reese
Mr. McKelden Smith
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin
Ms. Denise Doring VanBuren
Visitor Services Associate
Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York is seeking a part-time, April-December Visitor Services Associate. Visitor Services staff must be available to work at minimum of three weekend days per month, occasional evenings (up to 9:00pm) and be available to work during peak times in May, June and October.
The Visitor Services Associate is responsible for communicating and implementing the goals and objectives set by management as it pertains to the operating of the Front Desk and Design Shop. The Visitor Services Associate has responsibility for the daily tour schedules. The Visitor Services Associate must have the ability to use his/her own initiative and judgement in carrying out the duties of the position, but to refer unusual situations to the supervisor or the Executive Director.
The Visitor Services Associate must have basic mathematical skills in order to prove the cash receipts at the end of the day to the cash register totals. He/she must be comfortable with handling cash and the responsibilities that entails. To this end, he/she must be able to efficiently operate a POS system, calculator, and copy machine.
Salary: $12 – $14 / hour
Retail – 1 year
Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.