Welcome to Springside!

Serenely set in an urban neighborhood, Springside is a 20-acre historic designed landscape and historic site that was once the country estate of Matthew Vassar, the Poughkeepsie brewer, philanthropist, and founder of Vassar College. Springside is the only landscape of Andrew Jackson Downing, one of the founders of landscape architecture in America, to survive largely intact. Today, the National Historic Landmark is a historic site on the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail. Visitors enjoy walking Springide's carriage trails year-round.

News and Announcements

The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing: A Bicentennial Celebration, Sat, Oct 24th, 2015 @ 8:30am - 4pm at Marist College Student Center hosted by Hudson River Valley Institute of Marist College. www.hudsonrivervalley.org

Learn about Downing's influence on landscape architecture, architecture, and art.

Springside Landscape Restoration (SLR) supports Wheaton Park - Read SLR's letter to the Poughkeepsie Common Council


Enjoy the grounds any time from dawn to dusk. Use your smartphone or pick up a brochure at the kiosk for a self-guided walking tour. Walk the trails and enjoy the serenity of this green oasis.


See our listing of upcoming events and don't forget to Join us each May for our Springside Annual Plant Sale and Open Day. Springside Plant Sale features heirloom vegetable starts, culinary herbs, native and deer resistant perennials for sun and shade, and colorful hanging baskets just in time for Mother’s Day!


In the first half of the 1800s, the site known today as Springside was part of the Allen family farm at the edge of the Poughkeepsie city boundary. In 1850, Matthew Vassar purchased the property and hired Andrew Jackson Downing to design his country estate.

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With generous support from people like you, we can continue to restore and protect this unique national and local treasure.