Pacem in Terris

Latin for “Peace on Earth,” this private sculptural garden spanning 6 acres is a must-see in Warwick, NY.  The artist, Frederick Franck, lived here for many years with his wife.  He transformed the garden into what it is today, full of whimsical and sometimes disturbing sculptural imagery, before passing away at the age of 97.  The beauty of this place is that it remains in close ties with nature.  I would say it is more forest than garden.

The Wawayanda River runs through the place.

Franck’s sculptures are scattered all over the place, sometimes taking you by surprise.

Some people will find personal meaning in this work, others will enjoy the artwork for what it is, as it holds a striking presence against a backdrop of woods.

There is also a stone water mill on the property that offers a cool and shady sanctuary. Inside, the religious undertones evoke some quiet reflection.

Pacem in Terris is located at 96 Covered Bridge Road.  Admission is free.  If coming from the city, take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 15A (Suffern/Sloatsburg).  Turn left off the exit ramp onto Route 17 north.  Proceed through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo and then turn left onto Route 17A.  Follow 17A for 14 miles to Warwick.  In Warwick, turn left at the second light onto Route 94 West.  Travel about three miles to Fancher Road and turn right.  A small handwritten sign indicates Pacem in Terris, which is at the end of the block.  For current hours, click here.

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One Response to “Pacem in Terris”

  1. Jared Says:

    This looks like a great place to get away! I’ll have to check this one out.

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