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John Burroughs' Riverby Study
Riverby is located in New York
Location West Park, New York
Coordinates 41°48′0″N 73°57′32″W / 41.80000°N 73.95889°W / 41.80000; -73.95889Coordinates: 41°48′0″N 73°57′32″W / 41.80000°N 73.95889°W / 41.80000; -73.95889
Built 1881
Architect John Burroughs
NRHP reference # 68000035
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 24, 1968[1]
Designated NHL November 24, 1968[2]

Riverby was the estate of the American naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921), who wrote and created a genre of naturalist essays. Riverby is also the title of one of Burrough's books, published in 1904, and is also the name of an edition of his collected works. Burrough's study at Riverby is a National Historic Landmark.

The Riverby estate is located above the west bank of the Hudson River, in the town of West Park, in Ulster County, New York. Burroughs bought a 9-acre (36,000 m2) farm there in 1873, and added additional land later. The estate included a main house, a writing study lower on the slope towards the Hudson River, a building that his son lived in during the years when Burroughs primarily used the study, and other buildings.

In the study, which looks east over the Hudson River, Burroughs wrote Fresh Fields (1884), Signs and Seasons (1886), Indoor Studies (1889), and Riverby (1894), and he edited other works.[3] Theodore Roosevelt and many others visited Burroughs in the study.[citation needed]

He also wrote in Woodchuck Lodge, a lodge in Roxbury in the western Catskills of Delaware County, New York, that he used from 1908 on, and Slabsides, a cabin one mile (1.6 km) east of Riverby that he used in summers from 1895 on.[3]

The study was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.[2][3] The study is lined with books and, up to 1975 at least, had been preserved essentially as Burroughs left it.[3]

The home is maintained by the Burroughs Society.[citation needed]

The collection of buildings on the estate has been split among the heirs, and they discourage visiting the site.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "John Burroughs' Riverby Study". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. September 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d Greenwood, Richard (December 11, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Riverby, the John Burroughs Study". Retrieved January 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ Current description of property and emails from former resident

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