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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Locust Grove

Locust Grove
I recently attended an event in the mid-Hudson Valley and stayed at a hotel in Poughkeepsie.  Returning on a gorgeous day, I decided to visit Locust Grove, the home of artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse.  In the 1990's, I used to drive by this place on the way to work and never took the time to visit. While I don't think it's worth a drive just down there just to visit this house, I do think it's worth it if you have other reasons for being in the area.  One might be to visit the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt or Val-Kill the home of Eleanor Roosevelt -- both  Hyde Park.  Yes, separate homes.  Another reason might be to experience the new Walkway Over the Hudson.

I've taken quite a few tours of historic homes, but I place this one near the top.  Excellent tour guide and excellent access.  Plus beautiful grounds.  There's also a small museum of his artwork and morse code paraphernalia.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)
White Snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol.  Swallowing milk from cows that have ingested White Snakeroot can be fatal There was an epidemic of this in 19th century northeast United States.  Lincoln's mother reportedly died after ingesting snakeroot-contaminated milk.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014