Traveling to Wallkill

    The school has a property in Wallkill, New York on which it conducts classes for the Hudson Valley Branch and houses students from all over the western hemisphere for weekend and week-long seminars.

    Formerly the Borden Estate, this lovely turn of the century mansion and surrounding grounds have been restored and are cared for by students in the New York school.

    NOTE: Google Maps and GPS are not aware of a bridge out condition and may lead you to an impassible route. It is recommended that you view the PDF format directions, below.

    A Brief History of the Borden Estate

    Gail Borden

    Gail Borden

    In 1854, Gail Borden patented the process for condensed milk to meet the need to keep milk usable for longer periods of time.

    John Borden

    John Borden

    When Gail died in 1874 his son, John Gail, found himself with three million dollars in the bank, the president of five milk companies, and a dream. The dream was to build Borden Park, “a minimum of 1,500 acres of land, in a park like setting, where the sir knights of the time could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, be at rest with nature and at peace with themselves”. In 1881, John purchased the property in Wallkill, New York and built his “dream”.

    Marion Borden

    Marion Borden

    In 1891, after the death of her father, Marion Borden took over full control of the Borden Park and the milk business. In 1900, the construction of Marion’s new home began and was completed in 1906.

    The School Purchases Wallkill

    The School Purchases Wallkill

    In 1979, the School of Practical Philosophy purchased Marion Borden’s mansion and surrounding grounds to be used for retreats and philosophy classes.