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Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center

Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
718-549-3200

History of Wave Hill 

Wave Hill House was built as a country home in 1843 by jurist William Lewis Morris. From 1866-1903 it was owned by William Henry Appleton, who enlarged the house in 1866-69 and again in 1890. A publishing scion, Appleton brought to Wave Hill such pioneering natural scientists as Thomas Henry Huxley. Huxley was astounded by the site, declaring the Palisades across the river one of the world's greatest natural wonders. 

Theodore Roosevelt's family rented Wave Hill during the summers of 1870 and ‘71, when the future president was a youth of 12 and 13. Teddy's time here significantly deepened his love of nature and love of the outdoors that would later prompt him to secure the preservation of millions of acres of American parkland. 

Mark Twain leased the estate from 1901-1903, setting up a treehouse parlor in the branches of a chestnut tree on the lawn. Of winter at Wave Hill he wrote, I believe we have the noblest roaring blasts here I have ever known on land; they sing their hoarse song through the big tree-tops with a splendid energy that thrills me and stirs me and uplifts me and makes me want to live always. 

Mission

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media
Upcoming Events at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center
May
27

Exhibition - The Nature of Family Portraits

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
27

Exhibition - Kevin Quiles Bonilla

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
27

Exhibition - Anina Major

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
27

Exhibition - Water Scarcity: Perpetual Thirst

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
28

Exhibition - The Nature of Family Portraits

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
28

Exhibition - Kevin Quiles Bonilla

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
28

Exhibition - Anina Major

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
28

Exhibition - Water Scarcity: Perpetual Thirst

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
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May
29

Exhibition - The Nature of Family Portraits

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
29

Exhibition - Kevin Quiles Bonilla

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
29

Exhibition - Anina Major

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
29

Exhibition - Water Scarcity: Perpetual Thirst

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
31

Exhibition - The Nature of Family Portraits

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
31

Exhibition - Kevin Quiles Bonilla

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More
May
31

Exhibition - Anina Major

10:00 AM
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center Bronx, NY
Learn More