Naturalist John Burroughs lived and wrote on the nine-acre estate known as Riverby. Burroughs bought the farm in 1873 and added additional land later. The estate includes his primary home, Riverby, a writing study, and other buildings. Burroughs wrote several books while living at Riverby. The property is designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Naturalist John Burroughs is a beloved figure in the Hudson River
Valley. Burroughs, the author of numerous books, lived in the rustic cabin
Slabsides, which is a well-known site among residents of the Hudson River
Valley. Less well-known, perhaps, is Burroughs’s estate known as Riverby,
located on the west bank of the river.
Riverby includes not only the large home that was Burroughs’s primary
residence, but the bark-covered study that was a precursor to the more famous
Slabsides. The study is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The estate
is also home to a building that Burroughs’s son lived in for a time as well as
It was in the study that Burroughs wrote Fresh Fields, Signs and
Seasons, Indoor Studies, and Riverby. The study is believed to be
largely the way that Burroughs left it at the time of his death. While Riverby
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the buildings on the
estate have been divided among Burroughs’s heirs and the public is discouraged
from visiting the site.
Slabsides, which is located one mile from Riverby, is open to the public
on two weekends a year. Slabsides is also listed on the National Register of