After facing certain demolition in the 1950s, Boscobel Restoration, Inc. rescued, dismantled, and relocated the 17th-century Boscobel Mansion to its current location in Garrison. The story of the famed site's rescue and restoration is one of the three tales included in Boscobel's new audio tour.
The self-guided audio tour, produced by Narrowcasters, is called "Stories of the Hudson River Valley: How Boscobel, the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, and our Independence were Saved." The tour has three hours of stories containing interviews with famous historians and locals who give eyewitness accounts of some of these events.
The tour begins with Barney McHenry—Boscobel's president, lawyer, and trusted adviser of Boscobel's benefactor, Lila Acheson Wallace—telling the story of how Wallace, along with local historian Ben Frazier and others, helped save Boscobel from demolition in 1955 and rebuild it in 1961 on its current site.
Colonel James Johnson—military historian and former West Point cadet and officer—talks about the area's fight for independence during the Revolutionary War. Notable people, including Pete Seeger, Bobby Kennedy Jr., John Cronin, Bob Boyle, John Adams, and others, talk about how the US environmental movement was born in the Hudson Valley; how Scenic Hudson blocked Storm King Mountain's destruction; and how Bob Boyle's Riverkeeper program caught Exxon tankers dumping oil into, and taking clean water out of, the Hudson River.
The new grounds audio tour will be included in the paid admission fee. Visitors will also receive a keepsake color brochure, which includes a map of the grounds, a numbered list of the stories, and a small, lightweight audio player.
The tour will be available from opening until one hour before closing, and if time runs out before you finish the tour, you can return to Boscobel for a discounted price and listen to the rest. There is also special equipment for the hearing impaired and a downloadable app is in the works.
Boscobel is open Wednesday through Monday. The museum's hours for April through October are 9:30am to 5pm.