Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens offers 100 acres of family fun! The grounds include three galleries and expansive gardens. In the galleries you’ll find an engaging collection of American Folk Art, a vintage carousel you can ride, important American automobiles from the brass age to the present, and traveling exhibits the family can enjoy together.
The gardens feature internationally important collections of rhododendrons, including those created by Charles Dexter, who did his ground-breaking plant hybridizing work here. Their typical bloom time is from Memorial Day Weekend to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include the country’s most comprehensive collection of hydrangeas, a collection of over 1,000 varieties of daylilies, hostas, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, and more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers along beautiful and easily walked paths.
A labyrinth designed by Marty Cain, one of the best-known labyrinth designers in North America, provides a shaded tranquil spot for contemplation.
The Special Exhibitions Gallery is a replica of the Revolutionary War building known as The Temple of Virtue, located in New Windsor, New York which is known as the location where George Washington bestowed the first Purple Heart to a wounded soldier.
The 2017 season will features Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views from April 15-October 9. Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views features American landscape paintings executed in a variety of media from 49 of the country’s best contemporary painters.
The American Art & Carousel Gallery houses our working 1908 carousel manufactured by Charles Looff. In addition, this gallery hosts The Heritage Collection, an exhibit of American art and artifacts that tell stories of our country’s people, including a charming collection of military miniatures.
The Automobile Gallery includes an impressive collection of American automobiles within a replica of the Shaker Round Barn from Hancock, Massachusetts. The gallery includes cars loaned by area collectors, providing a glimpse of rarely seen autos of interest.