The one and only!

Springside’s sole surviving building needs you! Last painted in 2000 with its 1852 historic colors, it’s due for critical maintenance. Your support will see that Porter’s Lodge gets repainted and protected from the elements. Your generosity will ensure that necessary carpentry work will fix rotted wood and the foundation and chimney masonry get repointed. Any amount that you can give is most appreciated!

It’s a lot of wall!

More than 800-plus-feet long and 160-years-old, the magnificently built stone retaining wall on Academy Street needs your love! Stones have tumbled out in six areas and need repair. Your support will help pay for a mason to fix the wall. Your donation will help keep Poughkeepsie’s southern gateway an elegant and welcoming entrance. Please give the amount that fits your budget. Thank you!

There is a lot to do!

Open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk for free – Springside relies on your support! An all volunteer crew cares for the 20-acre site, maintains the carriage trails, cleans up storm damage, develops and updates interpretative materials including the walking trail and website, and plans for special projects. We can only do it with your help. Please give today in any amount. Your generosity is so appreciated! 

Springside Landscape Stroll

Date: Sunday, September 27 2015

Time: 2pm

Springside was the country seat of Matthew Vassar, a prosperous Poughkeepsie brewer and the founder of Vassar College. Springside’s designer, A. J. Downing is often referred to as the father of American Landscape Architecture and today, Springside is the only documented surviving example of his work.

Call 845.454.2060 or please email

For more information on the 16th Annual Hudson River Ramble 2015


The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing: A Bicentennial Celebration

A Free Conference Open to the Public

Date: Saturday, October 24 2015

Time: 8:30am-4pm

Where: Marist College Student Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Learn more about Andrew Jackson Downing and his influence on landscape architecture, architecture, and art.  Well-known authors and experts in the field will provide a fascinating day.

Follow up with tours on Sunday, October 25th:  10:30am – Poughkeepsie – Enjoy a Walking Tour of Springside with Harvey Flad, Professor Emeritus Vassar College.  1pm – Newburgh – In the Footsteps of Downing walking tour and talk.  For more information

The conference is free; however, please email for more information and RSVP

For more information on The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing conference:

Location:  185 Academy St and Springside Drive Poughkeepsie, NY

Proceeds from the sale benefit the work to protect and restore the Landmark site by Springside Landscape Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


  • Heirloom tomato & other veg. seedlings
  • Culinary herbs
  • Mother’s Day gifts
  • Colorful hanging baskets
  • Native and deer -resistant perennials for sun and shade

Enjoy the carriage trails – free, self-guided walking tour