West Point Foundry Preserve {Cold Spring}

Don’t let the name of the West Point Foundry Preserve fool you. It’s across the Hudson River from West Point, and it’s one of Scenic Hudson’s parks located in Cold Spring. This 90 acre preserve is an outdoor museum, showcasing the remnants of the ironworks and machine shop that operated from 1818 to approximately 1911.

West Point Foundry Information

Don’t expect a strenuous hike when you visit the West Point Foundry Preserve. There are several historical exhibits that you can view while enjoying more of a leisurely stroll. You can listen to an audiovisual tour of the Foundry as you walk to learn more about the sites.

West Point Foundry Gun Platform

The yellow-marked “Foundry Trail” is approximately one mile in length. The first stop on the trail is a recreation of the Foundry’s gun platform. This is the site where each cannon was tested prior to delivery to the military. The target was Storm King Mountain across the other side of the river. Unexploded ordinance was still being cleared off the mountain as recently as 1999.

West Point Foundry walking path

There is a metal pathway for smooth, flat walking. We were fairly surprised to find this path right in the woods

West Point Foundry 1865 Office Building

The next point of interest on the path is the 1865 Office Building. The Civil War was the busiest time for the West Point Foundry, as it produced thousands of cannons and millions of shells for the military. It used to be a massive complex including railways, shops and offices. However, the only structure remaining is this office building. Work has been done to preserve this building, but it is not open to the public. It’s believed that the building is in fairly good shape since it was built just prior to the sharp decline in foundry business following the Civil War. It didn’t get a lot of heavy use.

West Point Foundry Boring Mill Water Wheel

The Boring Mill Water Wheel onsite is a partial replica, to scale, of the original wheel that helped power some of the machinery that produced various products the Foundry made.

West Point Foundry stairs

As you pass the Boring Mill overlook, you take the staircase up to the hiking path. From here, the trail splits and you can go left to finish the yellow trail or go right to link up to the red trail.

We opted to continue on the yellow trail which then brings you back to the parking lot. We highly recommend continuing past the parking lot to the blue “Cold Spring and Foundry Cove” trail. This trail will take you into the town of Cold Spring.

However, we walked this trail just to the overlook. The staircase leads up to a viewing platform of Foundry Cove. There are several benches available to sit and enjoy the views. Unfortunately, we visited on a pretty cloudy day. I can see myself coming here in the future with a book and some snacks to enjoy some time in nature and to soak up the scenery. With some sun and some more fall foliage and this view will be spectacular!

The Details:
West Point Foundry Preserve
68 Kemble Ave.
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Parking: Free in parking lot

Admission: Free

Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk

*There is a restroom onsite

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Collaborative Concepts at Tilly Foster Farm

A giant earthworm, penguins, sheep and a peacock are just a few of the over 30 pieces of art that you can see at the Collaborative Concepts outdoor art exhibition taking place at Tilly Foster Farm. There are 31 more days left to view this outdoor sculpture exhibit in Brewster.

Sculpture at Collaborative Concepts

Collaborative Concepts was founded in 1999 and  has presented over 40 exhibitions throughout the Hudson Valley. Their mission is to, “provide the community with exceptional cultural experiences.” Their current project is doing just that, offering visitors a chance to see a variety of sculptures at no cost.

Sheep Sculpture at Collaborative Concepts exhibit

Tilly Foster Farm Project 2020 opened September 5th and will close on October 31st. There is a variety of fun and interesting pieces on display.

Sculpture at Tilly Foster Farm

Due to COVID this is a self-guided show.  When you arrive, there is a QR code that can be scanned on your phone to access a map of the sculptures.  Many of these pieces of art are even for sale. We had a fun time walking around and playing “Guess how much this one costs?!”

After you walk around and look at the art, be sure to leave some time to visit the animals!

Alpacas at Tilly Foster Farm

Tilly Foster Farm is home to four alpacas, pigs, goats, chickens and two miniature horses.

Tilly Foster Farm

Thursday through Sunday evenings, you can enjoy dinner at Tilly’s Table Restaurant after you view the art exhibit. The restaurant also serves brunch on Sunday mornings and offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Details:
The Tilly Foster Farm Project
Tilly Foster Farm
100 Route 312
Brewster, NY 10509

Hours:  September 5th – October 31st
Mondays – Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursdays – Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission:  Free

Parking: Free

*There is a bathroom on site.

*Wear comfortable walking shoes. The fields are hilly.

*Wear sunscreen and/or a hat. The fields are open with no shade.

Magazzino Italian Art {Cold Spring}

Have you ever driven by a place numerous times and never realized what exactly it was? That was our case with Magazzino Italian Art. This art museum is located right on Route 9 in Cold Spring. It was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu and opened on June 28, 2017. The 20,000 square-foot museum features postwar contemporary Italian art displayed in 8 galleries.

Magazzino welcomed guests for the first time in 4 months on July 10th with multiple safety measures in place. Admission is by timed reservations only and parties are limited to a maximum of six guests. Guests must wear a mask at all times.

Upon arrival, guests get a contact-free temperature check. They are also each provided an EGOpro device on a lanyard, that will quietly alert you if you get too close to another party. The museum has one way traffic flow that is marked with arrows. Guests are encouraged to take their time in each gallery as reservations include only one lap of the building, to provide a safe flow of foot traffic. Once inside, you can scan a QR code on their phone to access the digital museum guide for information on the exhibits. This was a nice feature.

Until September 7th, you can see the special exhibition “Homemade” in gallery 8. This exhibit features more than 30 works of art from eight New York-based artists that were created during COVID quarantine. It goes to show that challenging times can result in works of inspired beauty. We probably spent the most time in gallery 8 as it was the most relatable for us.

Make sure to leave time to stroll around the grounds after your museum visit. A variety of flowers are planted on the grounds, including lavender that smelled wonderful!

At the top of the hill, accessible from either the steps in the parking lot, or the gravel walking path from the museum, are donkeys! A baby was born just two weeks ago, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to see him, as he was hiding inside the shady barn.

Picnic tables and two tree swings are next to the donkey pen. You can enjoy a snack here and kids will have fun swinging.

It is evident, in the measures that they are taking, that the staff of Magazzino Italian Art takes the safety of their visitors seriously. We felt very safe and the 90 minute time allotment for our reservation was plenty for us to enjoy the exhibits.

I would not recommend this museum for families with young children, unless they are VERY closely supervised. There are a ton of fragile art pieces at their reach and on the floor. However, reservations are not needed to access the grounds.

Escape the summer heat with a visit to Magazzino and enjoy viewing Italian art!

The Details:
Magazzino Italian Art (museum)
2700 Route 9
Cold Spring, NY 10516
(845) 666-7202

Hours: Monday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM

Admission: Free – but advanced reservations required

Parking: Magazzino has its own parking lot with free parking

20 Fun Things to Do in Putnam County

Living in northern Westchester County, Putnam County is so close and accessible.  Both my husband and I grew up in Putnam County and are very familiar with the sites and attractions.  However, creating this list we realize that there’s still a LOT that we still need to do!  Here’s our list of some of the fun things to do in Putnam County. Please let me know if there is anything that I should add to my list!

1.Play a round of miniature golf at Red Rooster in Brewster and then grab a burger and shake.

2. Visit the Putnam County 4-H Fair.

3. Have breakfast at Countryside Kitchen in Mahopac (home of the famous cannoli pancake).

4. Visit Putnam County’s Veterans Memorial Park and go for a hike or a  swim. This is also where the Putnam County 4-H Fair is held as well as the Daniel Ninham Pow-Wow.

5. Ski or snowboard at Thunder Ridge in Patterson.

6. Go antiquing in Cold Spring.

7. Enjoy tea at Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room.

8. Visit Fahnestock State Park.  Hike part of the Appalachin Trail, swim in Canopus Lake or even camp.

9. Visit the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel.

10.  Visit Green Chimney’s Farm & Wildlife Center in Brewster.

11. Visit the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center in Garrison. Visit the nature center, take a walk out to the marsh and/or join one of their guided public canoe trips (see their program page for details).

12. Walk or ride the Putnam County Trailway.  This 12 mile path has trailheads in Baldwin Place and Brewster.

13. Have an ice cream cone from Moo Moo’s Creamery in Cold Spring.

14. Visit Boscobel in Garrison.  Tours are available of the house, gardens and grounds April through December.  In the summer you can see the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival perform and in December you can see Sparkle.

15. Take a picture with the Sybil Ludington statue in Carmel.

16. Enjoy dinner at Clocktower Grill in Brewster.

17. Visit the Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring.

18.  Visit a Farmer’s Market in Brewster, Cold Spring or Putnam Valley

19. Take a kayak or canoe tour on the Hudson River with Hudson River Expeditions (in Cold Spring).

20.  Enjoy some delicious Indian food at Jaipore in Brewster. We love their lunch buffet.