Garrison is a hamlet in the town of Philipstown in Putnam County. It is located on the east side of the Hudson River, across from West Point, just 50 miles north of Manhattan. Due to its wonderful scenery and location, it is quite popular with successful New Yorkers seeking a quiet weekend hideaway. Homes are typically old, charming and with dirt roads. There are few available homes due to little new construction and a low turnover of just 9%; resident’s just don’t want to leave, they like it so much!
Today, half of Garrison is either publicly owned property or set aside as open space, nurturing a variety of cultural, spiritual and physical pursuits on and around hundreds of acres of protected land. One of the few areas of high density is Garrison Landing Historic District, once used as a boat landing and loading point for farmers, is the hamlet’s hub near the train station.
- Hamlet of Garrison in the Town of Philipstown
- Local Highways: I-84, Route 9, the Palisades Parkway and the Taconic State Parkway
- Distance to NYC: 55 miles
- Area: 16 sq miles
- Population: 4,402 (2010)
The Garrison Metro-North Railroad Station is located along the Hudson River at 1 Upper Station Road, with just over an hour ride to Grand Central Station Terminal via the Hudson Line. Train times vary but generally arrive and depart approximately every hour.
Parking facility: 291 parking spaces, metered parking is available.
Connecting Services: There are no connecting services in Garrison, though there is the Shortline Bus, available only into Poughkeepsie (approximately 30 minutes to Garrison).
There are also no taxi services in Garrison. If a taxi is required, detrain at Peekskill.
This unique one-building school district was originally established in 1795. The Garrison Union Free School District is a nationally recognized high performing school district. Graduating students have the choice of two high schools in neighboring towns.
- Garrison Union Free School District (K-grade 8) 845-424-3689
- Haldane Central School District (grades 9-12) 845-265-9254 x220
- James I. O'Neill High School (grades 9-12) 845-446-4914
The Manitou School (pre-K-grade 8) 845-809-5695
Our Lady of Loretto (grades 1-8) 845-265-3718
The Garrison Golf Club is perched some 800 feet above the Hudson River with stunning views of the rugged Hudson Highlands terrain. An 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, it is open to the public on a daily-fee basis from April through November.
Established in 1898, the Highlands Country Club endures as one of the Hudson Valley’s oldest family recreation clubs and golf courses. The club is protected through ownership by Open Space Institute (OSI) and a conservation easement held by Scenic Hudson.
The 80-seat Philipstown Depot Theater, originally built in 1893, was founded in 1996 by a handful of visionary residents eager to establish a permanent home for the performing arts in their community. The theater is a professionally run, non-profit in partnership with the Philipstown Recreation Department. It produces a variety of shows throughout the year and hosts workshops and classes for local kids of all ages.
One of the most well established high quality crafts fairs in the region, the Annual Riverside Crafts Fair on Garrison's Landing occurs every August. Food, fine arts and crafts, gourmet specialties and more. Free parking at the Metro North train station or at Garrison School, plus a free shuttle service.
Located on Route 9, Manitoga is the House, Studio and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark and one of the few 20th century modern homes with original landscape open to the public.
Also located off US Route 9 in Garrison, nestled in the hills of the Hudson River, is Graymoor, The Holy Mountain, the headquarters of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement. Graymoor’s picturesque grounds, shrines and chapels are open to the public, of all faiths, year-round, dawn to dusk.
Directly overlooking Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Boscobel House and Gardens showcases dramatic views of the Hudson River. Built between 1804 and 1808, it had fallen into disrepair and was demolished in the 1950's. Preservationists saved as much as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to its original grandeur. Now an esteemed Historic House Museum, Boscobel offers tours of the mansion and it’s finest collections of New York furniture from the Federal period. The Gardens and Grounds sit on 68 acres, featuring multiple lush gardens and a woodland trail, offering a tranquil mile through the forest.
Though small, Foundry Dock Park is full of history and offers incomparable views of the Hudson Highlands. The remains of the foundry buildings, located in Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve, also are a short walk away. The park also provides a jumping-off point for paddlers to explore wildlife in nearby Constitution Marsh. Kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals are available through Hudson River Expeditions.
For a challenging hike, Breakneck Ridge Loop in nearby Cold Spring offers one of the most strenuous hikes in the East Hudson Highlands. Proper footgear is essential for this hike, which is best done on weekdays, to avoid the crowds on weekends. Viewpoints include Storm King Mountain, Bannerman's Castle on Pollopel Island, Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus), and Sugarloaf Mountain, all visible directly across the Hudson River.
Each summer, the Constitution Island Association offers walking tours of its beautiful grounds, impressive gardens, fortifications, and the historic Warner House, a living museum. The home contains many family possessions and heirlooms that authentically demonstrate American life in the Victorian period.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley during ski season, the Victor Constant Ski Area is conveniently located just outside the gates of the West Point Military Academy. Open to the public from December to March, with equipment rentals and ski and snowboarding lessons.
Dining suggestions include the Valley Restaurant at The Garrison, providing seasonal New American cuisine from on-site & locally grown foods in a country-elegant space with a patio. The Bird & Bottle Inn is a historic Inn established in 1761, today offering a full restaurant, event spaces, and overnight rooms. Italian and Latin cuisine can be found at the small, family owned Garrison Restaurant & Pizzeria.
Just a mile away in West Point is General Patton’s Tavern at The Thayer Hotel. This casual, comfy lounge on the Hudson River is the ideal spot for unwinding with friends and enjoying some nightlife. Nearby in Highland Falls is The Park Restaurant, an old-fashioned, family-owned bar/eatery since 1956.
There are many restaurants just a couple of miles north in Cold Spring; built in 1827 and operated as a hotel since 1832, the Hudson House River Inn is truly a part of Hudson River history. They offer fine dining in the River Room and pub-like fare at the Half Moon Tavern. Hudson Hil’s Cafe & Market offers full breakfast and lunch menus, featuring fresh, local ingredients from Hudson Valley farms along with fresh baked goods, local grass-fed beef, homemade jams and jellies. Cold Spring Depot offers charm, history and delicious classic comfort food with an affordable menu. Moo Moo’s Creamery is the place for homemade ice cream; made on-premise and fresh daily. The lines may be long but so worth it.
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