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Monday, September 11, 2006

Place of the Great Spirit

One of America's great industrial designers Russel Wright (1904-1976), purchased about 80 acres on the east side of the Hudson River near Garrison, NY in 1942, and called it Manitoga which translated from Algonquin, means "Place of the Great Spirit." Russel and his wife Mary made Manitoga their home, transforming what was once a quarry into a beautifully landscaped treasure, almost four miles of a "garden of woodland paths." Manitoga is the only 20th-century modern home site open to the public in New York. Note: Manitoga tours are NOT year-round.

As part of the Hudson River Ramble this weekend, you can take a guided hike through Manitoga's artfully designed trails to Lost Pond.
September 17, Sunday, 2pm - 4pm
Advance reservation is strongly suggested.

There are special events scheduled for Saturday, October 14 and 21 as well. These events require reservations, so call ahead to schedule. This fall, treat yourself to this very special place. Catch all the details at

Over the years, I've collected a few of Wright's ceramic pieces, a small creamer happens to be one of my favorites. The center also sells books and very cool note cards, and offers Camp Sessions to children during the summer. What a treat that would be.


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