Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley


  |   April 13, 2013  |  Comment

Boscobel’s highly-regarded docent staff has been and will continue to delight its visitors with stories of the lovely, early 18th-century Federal mansion. However, on April 1, 2013, the new audio tour — the only one of its kind in the Hudson Valley — will entertain guests with dramatic tales of the Hudson River Valley as they stroll the grounds of Boscobel, admiring one of the most inspiring and historic views in America.

The new tour (produced by Narrowcasters and  written and co-produced by Antonia Bryan) tells three different stories: how Boscobel was saved,  how the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain were saved and how our independence itself was saved during the Revolutionary War – all by people who acted decisively and courageously in the Hudson River Valley.

The heart of the tour is a series of interviews with people who, starting in the 1960s, helped save Boscobel and jumpstart the environmental movement. They are introduced on the tour by Kurt Rhoads and his wife, Nance Williamson, Garrison residents and notable actors who have performed leading roles in many performances of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel.

Barney McHenry, Boscobel’s President and also lawyer and trusted advisor of Lila Acheson Wallace (of Reader’s Digest fame and Boscobel’s benefactor), is introduced first on the tour. Mr. McHenry helps tell the story of how Mrs. Wallace, together with local historian Ben Frazier (plus others) helped save Boscobel from demolition in 1955 and rebuild it in 1961 on its current site overlooking the Hudson River.

Noted military historian and former West Point cadet and officer, Col. James Johnson provides expert commentary about our War for Independence, and other notable individuals such as Pete Seeger, Bob Boyle, John Cronin, John Adams, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Al Butzel and more tell Boscobel’s visitors compelling (and some hair-raising!) stories about how our country’s environmental movement was born here in the Hudson Valley and has since gone global. They tell how Scenic Hudson blocked the destruction of Storm King Mountain, how Bob Boyle created the Riverkeeper program which caught Exxon tankers dumping oil into, and then taking clean water from, the Hudson. The tour’s captivating storytellers all have first-hand knowledge about what happened; they were witnesses, as well as participants of history.

The new grounds audio tour at Boscobel will be included in the paid admission fee and will be available upon arrival and until one hour before closing time. Visitors will receive a color, keepsake brochure which includes a detailed map of the grounds, a numbered list of stories, along with a small, lightweight audio player. (Special equipment will be available for the hearing impaired, and a downloadable app is in the works.) There are three hours of stories to choose from, and visitors may listen to as many or few as they want. And if time is short, visitors can return to Boscobel for a discounted fee to listen to the rest.

Relax on one of the new benches at Boscobel, and experience the history of the Hudson Valley like you’ve never done before…with a guided tour on a path through history that includes views just as mesmerizing as the stories you’ll hear.

Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison New York just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. From April through October, hours are 9:30am to 5pm (first tour at 10am; last at 4pm); November & December 9:30am to 4pm (last tour at 3pm.)  The House Museum and distinctive Gift Shop at Boscobel are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845.265.3638.

Image Attached:  The Boscobel grounds map (illustrated by Brian Harrold) from the new Boscobel Grounds Audio Tour Brochure.

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