Most of those mansions have since been broken up and developed into subdivisions. A few, however, remain. While almost all of these ancient mansions are in private hands, a couple were donated for public use. I went to one today.
Now called Old Westbury Gardens, this 175-acre estate was built in 1904 by the heir to one of the partners of Andrew Carnegie, whose steel company was the biggest in the country. When the heir died in the 1950's, his family decided to share the beauty of this place with the public and transformed it into a charitable park.
As you enjoy these pictures, imagine living there...
Wow this mansion is absolutely stunning. It has that old glamour to it, which you don't see in mcmansions built today. There is something so regal and high-class about it.ReplyDelete
I would love to visit one of those old homes. I read a bio about Edna Fitzgerald a while ago and I remember she used to go to Long Island with her famous husband for parties almost every weekend back in the twenties. Can you imagine how cool those parties must have been in mansions like this one?! Good lord.
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Such a beautiful place. Reminds me of some of the plantation style mansions that remain here in the South. The gardens are beautiful. I was actually out in ours today snapping photos. We've got strawberries and tons of knock-out roses. I love the pansies, tulips and bleeding hearts (one of my fav flowers).ReplyDelete
That's so pretty! I love the last picture of the tree.ReplyDelete
That mansion looks so beautiful! I like touring old buildings and historic sights, especially "haunted" old mansions. This one looks to peaceful and pretty to be haunted. I bet it'd be spectacular for a wedding reception.ReplyDelete
What a great place it looks like a palace... i cannot imagine how people would live in such a huge place.ReplyDelete
With lots of servants! It'd take a team of workers to keep someplace this big clean and running.Delete
What an absolutely splendid place to live!!!ReplyDelete
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i love that gate!!!!
Wow this place is amazing! I love the gardens, walkway and fountain. I love visiting old historical homes. Last summer I toured the Buckingham Palace Estate homes and it was so much fun. Definitely my kinda thing!ReplyDelete
After seeing your beautiful pictures, I'm just going to have to make time to visit the gardens this year!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, those pictures are breathtaking. Very good stuff. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete