The Seward House was built in 1816 on four acres on the outskirts of Auburn, NY as a ten-room townhouse for a wealthy Cayuga County Judge named Elijah Miller. Seward inherited the house from his father-in-law in 1851. Despite Seward’s political career in Albany, NY and Washington DC, the house in Auburn remained the only residence ever owned by Lincoln’s Secretary of State. Frances Seward remained in Auburn with her children and grandchildren while her husband worked elsewhere. Following Frances’ death in 1865 Seward expanded the house. This addition included the southern wing of the current home, and added a drawing room, several bedrooms and expanded the main dining room. Following Seward’s retirement from the State Department the house once again became his permanent home until his death in October 1872.
The Mandeville House is the oldest extant house in Garrison dating to 1735.
During the Revolutionary War, General Israel Putnam, after whom the county is named, was headquartered there for a while. A later occupant, architect Richard Upjohn, lived there for the last 25 years of his life. He expanded the house and redid its exterior in the Gothic Revival style that characterized much of his own work; most of these were removed in the 1920s by a later owner in order to restore the house to something close to its original appearance.
One of the lesser known jewels of the Hudson Valley, access is available by appointment during the Summer.
Built between 1804 and 1808 on a 250-acre river front site in Montrose, New York, Boscobel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York. When the house was threatened with demolition, the house was dismantled and re-assembled on a high bluff with spectacular views overlooking the Hudson River. Boscobel’s complex history represents several different periods and restoration philosophies. The house is restored to the Federal style of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and is highly regarded for its quality and authenticity.
The House, Studio and 75-acre Woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright (1904-1976), is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State. Dragon Rock, Russel Wright’s House and Studio, is widely considered an outstanding example of Organic Modern architecture ca. 1960. Distinctive features of the House include large expanses of glass allowing for views of the 30 foot Waterfall, the Quarry Pool, and surrounding landscape. Unique built-in architectural artifacts, designed by Wright, fuse natural and man-made materials in new and unexpected ways. Unique treatments include luminous butterfly wings pressed between sheets of translucent plastic, pine needles embedded in green plaster walls, and a roof covered with a lush carpet of native plants.