By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was sold to a wrecker for just $35 and demolished. With generous support from Reader’s Digest co-founder Lila Acheson Wallace, preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north in Garrison, New York. The Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Though its history and original inhabitants are fascinating, the house is much more than historic. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful work of art.
Boscobel House and Gardens