WELCOME TO SPRINGSIDE
Secluded in an urban neighborhood, Springside is a 20-acre landscape that was once the country estate of Matthew Vassar, the wealthy Poughkeepsie brewer, philanthropist, and founder of Vassar College. It holds a special place in history as the only landscape of its celebrated creator, Andrew Jackson Downing, to survive largely intact. Now a National Historic Landmark, Springside is one of the historic sites on the Greenway Trail though the mid-Hudson Valley.
In 1850, Vassar hired Downing, one of America's most influential nineteenth century landscape designers, to create an "ornamental farm" — a country estate that combined the beauty of landscaped pleasure gardens with the utility of a working farm. The result was Springside. Although only one Downing-designed building remains, the landscape still holds the shape of his genius.
Once severely threatened by developers and neglect, Springside is now being restored by a non-profit preservation organization, Springside Landscape Restoration. Today's visitors can once again stroll along Downing's winding trails and envision his skillfully composed scenes. The magnificent century-old trees that stood sentinel over Vassar's summer estate still provide an enchanting retreat.
Yet much remains to be done. We invite you to visit, learn more about Springside, and join us in restoring its grandeur.
To find out more about how you can GET INVOLVED, contact us at 845.454.2060 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Downing Landscape … is worth the same attention as that given the Sequoias”
Trails open daily from dawn to dusk. Admisssion is free.