At the time of Boscobel Mansion’s construction in the early 19th century in Garrison, NY, the apple was America’s most important fruit, with thousands of varieties. Boscobel’s Apple Orchard features some of those heirloom varieties along some newer ones, all of which are prized today.
The Boscobel is set to host a Heritage Applefest on Sunday, October 6th, from 11 am to 3 pm. Celebrate Hudson Valley harvests at Boscobel with cider pressing, apple preserving, and sweet and hard cider sampling. Entertainer Mark Rust will perform an array of music and tales. Boscobel Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo will give kid-friendly tours of the apple orchard. Classical guitarist Daniel Stevens will serenade guests with period music. Penny Brickman of the Philipstown Garden Club will discuss and demo spinning flax and wool in the Herb Garden. 19th-century games and activities will be available for play throughout the event. Sweet and hard cider, apple cider doughnuts, apple cider butter, and apple cider syrup will be available for purchase.
Throughout the event, the Historic House Museum and gallery, featuring early 19th-century design and a Cross-pollination exhibition of plant-inspired contemporary art, will be open for guests to explore at their own pace and direction. Expert guides stationed throughout the mansion will offer insights and answer questions on the importance of apples, and other useful and decorative fruits, flowers, and plants in early America. Guests may also enjoy access to 68 acres of Boscobel’s grounds with lush gardens, a woodland trail, and iconic view of the Hudson River, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Constitution Marsh.
Boscobel House and Gardens is located at 1601 Route 9D, Garrison. Ticket prices for Boscobel members are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-18. The price for not-yet-members is $22 for adults and $13 for children ages 5-18. Admission is free for those under five years of age. The rain date is Sunday, October 13.
The Boscobel House is located at 1601 Route 9D, Garrison. More information and tickets are available on Boscobel’s website.