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- Garrison N.Y. is a small hamlet in Putnam County, part of the town of Philipstown. Garrison has a shoreline along the Hudson River directly across from West Point military academy and has views up and down the river that look like Old Hudson School paintings.
Visitors can arrive in Garrison via the Metro-North Railroad, which has a station alongside the Garrison Arts Center at historic Garrison’s Landing.
The gateway to Garrison for those entering from Rockland County to the East is Bear Mountain Bridge, a fantastic suspension bridge built in 1924. The bridge has pedestrian walkways on both sides and continues the Appalachian Trail.
Although Garrison’s name sounds militaristic in origin and the hamlet lies directly across the Hudson River from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the moniker actually derives from a family name. Harry Garrison ran a ferry across the river beginning in the early 19th century, according to archival material from the Putnam History Museum.
The area boasts a number of impressive estates dating to the 19th century or earlier, with entries on the National Register of Historic Places that include sprawling houses built by railroad magnates William Henry Osborn and Samuel Sloan.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
The Garrison Café seeks to profitably serve and positively reflect the surroundings and neighbors in the Hudson Highlands community. All food and beverage is high quality, fairly priced, and kindly served. The environment they create is welcoming, well-organized, comfortable, clean and friendly to all the types of customers they host.
There are a handful of mom-and-pop stores in Garrison, including That Nothing Be Lost Thrift & Antique Shop. The shop offers a variety of choices – from collectibles to necessities – antiques to art selections – everyday items to seasonal bric-a-brac. It is a shopper’s paradise. All merchandise offered at the shop is derived from tax-deductible donations and all revenues are used to support St. Christopher’s Inn and its residents.
Golf, boating & kayaking, and hiking are some of the most popular recreational activities in Garrison.
No matter whether you’re a novice hiker or veteran ridgerunner, the Appalachian Trail offers unparalleled opportunities to explore, experience and connect with nature.
A popular section of the Applachian Trail in the area is Anthony’s Nose. Anthony’s Nose is a 900ft high mountain on the eastern side of the Hudson River at the Bear Mountain bridge. The views up and down the river from the top of this steep Hudson Highlands mountain are really spectacular. Looking down at the river you see the Bear Mountain Bridge at your feet and the river stretches left and right as far as the eye can see. It’s a pretty steep climb but the rewards are well worth the effort
Boscobel is a restored Federal-period house built between 1804-1808 with magnificent period interiors and gardens. The site is recognized nationally for its quality as a historic house museum, its exquisite collection of furniture and decorative arts, and its breathtaking views.
Fully-furnished with fine American furniture and decorative arts, the house has been exquisitely preserved over the years by the careful management of Boscobel’s original endowment and through the dedication and hard work of its staff, Board of Directors, members of the Friends of Boscobel, partner organizations, supporters and volunteers.
Each year, the board and professional staff strive to further improve the authenticity of the buildings and its furnishings and to engage visitors through special tours, workshops, exhibitions and special events throughout the year.
The Garrison Union Free School serves students K-8. Students may attend high school either in the Haldane High School or James I. O’Neill High School.The Garrison Union Free School District is dedicated to creating a mutually caring, respectful and stimulating environment. This will foster self-esteem and love of learning by empowering children to excel academically, socially, creatively and physically.The school district will develop evolving curricula and instructional methods to meet the needs of the children enabling them to experience success and to reach their full potential.These goals are accomplished when the staff, parents, students and community work as partners to provide enriching educational experiences. Our ultimate objective is to challenge all students to become self-motivated, lifelong learners and contributing members of society.COMMUNITY INFORMATIONFor information about government, services, and activities, please visit the Hamlet of Garrison Website.