Garrison, New York

Coordinates: 41°23′02″N 73°56′44″W / 41.38389°N 73.94556°W / 41.38389; -73.94556
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Coordinates: 41°23′02″N 73°56′44″W / 41.38389°N 73.94556°W / 41.38389; -73.94556
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
The Garrison Art Center and other structures within Garrison Landing
Constitution Marsh in winter
Boscobel, a historic house museum in Garrison
The Garrison train wreck, 1897

Garrison is a hamlet in Putnam County, New York, United States. It is part of the town of Philipstown, on the east side of the Hudson River, across from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Garrison Metro-North Railroad station serves the town. Garrison (a.k.a. Garrison's Landing) was named after 2nd Lieutenant Isaac Garrison, who held a property lot on the Hudson River across from West Point and conducted a ferry service across the Hudson River between the two hamlets. Isaac and his son Beverly Garrison fought in the Battle of Fort Montgomery in 1777, were captured by the British and later set free.[1]

The Garrison train wreck took place near Garrison on the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad on October 24, 1897, killing 20 people.[2][3][4]

For the 1969 film Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand, Garrison was the filming location for the Yonkers scenes.[5] The Saint Basil Academy in the town served as the finish line of The Amazing Race 10 in 2006.


Garrison is home to many non-profit and cultural organizations. Manitoga is the extensive woodland gardens estate of modernist designer Russel Wright, and the location of his National Register of Historic Places listed modern style house Dragon Rock. It is operated by the non-profit Russel Wright Design Center, with tours and hiking trails. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1987 with its first performances at Manitoga, is now located at Boscobel, a Federal-style mansion (built 1804–1808) for the Morris States Dyckman family. Constitution Marsh is an Audubon sanctuary with walking trails and canoe tours on the Hudson River. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust promotes and assists in local conservation efforts.

The Garrison Institute is a progressive interfaith organization and retreat center. The Hastings Center, founded in 1969, is an internationally recognized bioethics think tank and research center. The Garrison Art Center promotes local and regional artists. The national corporate headquarters of Outward Bound USA, the worldwide premier outdoor adventure and educational organization is also located in Garrison.


Garrison is served by two weekly newspapers: The Highlands Current, founded in 2010 and published on Friday, and the Putnam County News & Recorder, founded in 1868 and published on Wednesday.


Garrison is home of the Garrison Union Free School, or GUFS.[6] GUFS is a K–8 school. Graduating students have the choice of going to Haldane High School in Cold Spring or across the river to James O'Neill High School in Highland Falls for high school.[7]

Haldane High School is located in Cold Spring and was awarded a Blue Ribbon school in 2016.[8] Some notable teachers include Lee Posniack (Earth Science & Astronomy/Meteorology), Lou Sassano (Math Department), Mark Patinella (Biology & Forensics), Brian Ogden (Global History), and Dr. Eric Richter (English). [1]

The Manitou Learning Center is a private Garrison school that emphasizes bilingual education, experiential learning and purposeful play.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Isaac Garrison Family Association (1980). The Family of Isaac Garrison, 1732-1836: Frontiersman and Soldier of the American Revolution. Schoonmaker Publishers.
  2. ^ Garrison train wreck photo #1, George Eastman House
  3. ^ Garrison train wreck photo #2, George Eastman House
  4. ^ Victims of 1897 Garrison train wreck, New York Public Library
  5. ^ "Hello Dolly! Filming & Production". IMDB. February 13, 2024. Retrieved February 13, 2024.
  6. ^ "Garrison Union Free School website". Archived from the original on 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  7. ^ Prentice, Anita (2004). "Garrison Union Free School District: A History Primer". Archived from the original on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-01-24. When children graduate [...] and GUFSD pays tuition to those districts.
  8. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools Program". Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  9. ^ "Don McLean". Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  10. ^ Ellison, Sarah (July 2015). "The Complex Power Coupledom of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge". The Hive. Retrieved 2019-05-10.

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