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Things to Do in Cold Spring

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Bannerman_Castle_on_Pollepel_Island_viewed_from_atop_Breakneck_RidgeCold Spring is an exceptionally easy place to get to, being a major stop on the Metro-North train.  The train stop divides the village in two, and is within easy walking distance of just about everything in Cold Spring.

Main Street has endless hours of shopping, offering plenty of antique shops, consignment shops, and boutiques for your browsing pleasure.  It’s also a great place to stroll along and watch the sunset over the river.

Stonecrop Gardens are also a great place to walk around and take in the scenery.  This 12 acres estate is the former home of Anne and Frank Cabot and boasts an impressive collection of plants and display gardens from many different regions.

Pollepel Island, more popularly known as Bannerman Island, is another great place to spend the day.  Its popular name comes from Bannerman Castle, the warehouse on the island which Frank Bannerman used to house his military surplus company.   The island has long been thought to be haunted, not only by Native Americans, but by Dutch Settlers and the  English and Colonists as well. Walking tours and boat tours are available and reservations are required.

To get some local history, stop at the West Point Foundry Preserve.  The Foundry once drove the economy of Cold Spring and the surrounding area and allowed it to become a major participator in the Industrial Revolution. It’s an excellent place to go for a hike or a picnic.

Boscobel House and Gardens is a historic Federal style house built between 1804 and 1808.  The house has been carefully restored to reflect as accurately as possible how it would have looked in the late 18th and early 19th century.  The gardens make for an excellent place to walk around or take a picnic. Join them on Halloween for a night with Edgar Allan Poe, where he will read his stories and answers questions.

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