An official Path Through History Site! Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie was owned by Samuel F.B. Morse, artist and inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. The historic country estate includes an 1851 40-room Italianate mansion designed for Morse that now features an outstanding collection of antique furniture and paintings, as well as 180 acres of historic gardens with Hudson River views, five miles of carriage roads/hiking trails, and a visitor center with exhibit galleries. Landmark estate on the Hudson River for receptions in the historic gardens. Event space features vaulted ceilings and walls of windows opening onto the estate grounds. Only one event booked each evening.