Boscobel House & Gardens

The Boscobel House flanked by massive maples in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

The Boscobel House flanked by massive maples (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although its foundation is now firmly planted on the soil of Garrison, New York, the magnificent Boscobel house did not originate there. Instead, the stately residence was moved from Montrose, New York (about 15 miles away), where building was completed for the Dyckman family in 1808. States Dyckman envisioned his future home as a sanctuary from the stresses of serving the British army, so he chose the name of Boscobel after the Boscobel estate in Shropshire, England, where King Charles II took refuge after battle. Sadly, States passed in 1806, before the construction was finished. While considered a very luxurious home for its day, Boscobel functioned as a working farm with 250 acres and a variety of animals (fowl, hogs, cows, sheep and horses) that were managed by States’ widow, Elizabeth Dyckman, until her death in 1823. Descendants of States and Elizabeth continued to live in the home until 1888. [Read more…]