Site and Landscape Tours

The Bush-Holley House looks out over the Mianus River, on a site once known as the Lower Landing. Here in the 18th century, merchant David Bush and his son Justus Luke Bush built and operated a tide mill and several warehouses for their mercantile business. Though the mill and its surrounding buildings no longer stand, the Bush–Holley House (1732), Bush Storehouse (1805)—which now houses offices for Historical Society staff —and the nearby Mill Pond are reminders of this once busy waterfront hub.

Today, our newly expanded historic campus features idyllic gardens and grounds centered on the new Museum and Library. This award–winning example of historically sensitive new construction and adaptive reuse incorporates the façade and interior of the historic 1805 Toby’s Tavern with new state–of–the–art collections and archival facilities and galleries.

A new guided outdoor walking tour, debuting this summer, will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the Bush-Holley House and its occupants, gain insight into the recently restored Toby’s Tavern and the history of the Cos Cob Lower Landing and explore our romantic American Impressionist flower gardens, tavern garden and heirloom vegetable gardens.

Tours are available weekends at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Reservations for site visits must be made in advance through our website. All visitors must wear masks or face coverings while on the site. Masks are available for purchase in our Museum Store.

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