Skip to Main Content

Outdoor Boy and the Boot.

Boy and the Boot (outdoor)

Field review by the editors.

Ellenville, New York

If a Ground Zero exists for the Boy and the Boot, Ellensville is it. Ellensville was the home of Henry Brodhead, paymaster of the J.L. Mott Iron Works, which created the Boy in 1875. Brodhead brought one of the statues home and set it up on the lawn of his house. Decades passed. Henry Brodhead died. But the statue remained, and was still so popular that the local Scoresby Club (Henry had been a member) bought its own Boy and the Boot in 1925 and set it up in an Ellensville street intersection.

The original Brodhead Boy is still in Ellenville, somewhere, supposedly undergoing long-term restoration. The Scoresby Boy decayed as well, and was stuck in a closet somewhere in 1983. But Ellenviile wanted a Boy in the Boot that it could gaze upon, so in 1997 the Scoresby Boy was restored and put on permanent display inside Ellenville's museum. A copy of that statue was made in bronze, and in 1998 it was unveiled in downtown Liberty Square, replacing a fountain whose swan had been destroyed by vandals. Just another opportunity for a Boy and the Boot!

Also see: Boy and the Boot Round-Up

Boy and the Boot (outdoor)

1 Liberty Square, Ellenville, NY
Just northeast of the intersection of Hwy 52 and US 209. In tiny "Liberty Square," at the corner of Liberty and Canal Sts, next to the post office.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Boy and the Boot (indoor)Boy and the Boot (indoor), Ellenville, NY - < 1 mi.
Pine Bush UFO and Paranormal MuseumPine Bush UFO and Paranormal Museum, Pine Bush, NY - 9 mi.
Gnome Chomsky: World's Third Largest Garden GnomeGnome Chomsky: World's Third Largest Garden Gnome, Kerhonkson, NY - 9 mi.
In the region:
Grave of Lad, a Dog, Wayne, NJ - 50 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New York

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New York.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

World's Largest Cat, Pine Island, New York (Apr 22-28, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights