Long Island’s Gold Coast Mansions – Repurposed!
Cove Neck (Oyster Bay)
Sagamore Hill was President Theodore Roosevelt’s home from 1885 until his death in 1919. The Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is a popular destination for tourists and an incredible resource for Long Island’s residents. The idyllic grounds are a great spot to take a walk, relax with family, and enjoy the natural surroundings. Tours of the home are available and are great for all ages. Kids are especially intrigued by Roosevelt’s hunting trophies, and the historical insight provided by the museum is interesting and informative for all visitors.
The Justices Court Building
Listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, the Justice Court Building in Glen Cove was designed by noted architect Stephen Francis Voorhees of the architectural firm Voorhees, Gmelin, and Walker and built for the city of Glen Cove in between 1907-1909. The Justices Court Building is now home to The North Shore Historical Museum. Their published mission is, “to preserve the history of the North Shore of Long Island through the stewardship of its collections and historic structure – the 1907 Justices Courthouse – to engage the public, and to interpret the history of the North Shore, in particular the area once known as the ‘Gold Coast’, through exhibitions, lectures, and programs.”
The Welwyn Preserve was originally Welwyn Estate, the estate of industrialist Harold I. Pratt. The main house – Welwyn – was a celebrated Gold Coast Mansion. The estate’s property has beautiful woodlands that meander down to the beach and a great view of the Long Island Sound.
The mansion is currently the home of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.
Roslyn’s Historic Downtown
The Roslyn Landmark Society was founded in 1961 as “a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving & promoting the history and historic resources of Roslyn & Long Island’s North Shore.” This group works hard to preserve the character and the authenticity of Roslyn’s historic structures. This home dates to 1868 and shows how Roslyn’s landmarked structures form the foundation for the community’s architectural style.
The Nassau County Museum of Art
The Nassau County Museum of Art has a proud history as a cultural gem on the North Shore of Long Island. The Clayton Estate, as outlined on the museum’s webpage, “was purchased by Nassau County (in 1969) to establish the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, administered by the county’s Office of Cultural Development. In 1989, the Museum became a private not-for-profit institution, governed and funded by its own board of trustees.” This incredible museum is also home to a fascinating sculpture park. Enjoy an afternoon on the grounds with friends and family or take a healthy walk through the museum’s grounds and enjoy one of the largest publicly-accessible sculpture parks in the Northeast United States.
Cedarmere was the country home of noted poet, newspaper editor, and community leader William Cullen Bryant. The property, located on the water in Roslyn Harbor, is just to the west of the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Bryant built the “leftover cottage” – a separate Gothic Revival structure – which now rests on the property owned by the Nassau County Museum of Art.
The Planting Fields
Upper Brookville (Oyster Bay)
The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay is the former Gold Coast Estate of the W.R. Coe Family. With over 400 acres of lawns, gardens, and woodlands, this incredible property is worth the trip. Coe Hall is the Tudor Revival home and is absolutely stunning. Coe Hall hosts events throughout the year and is open for tours. Visit Plantingfields.org to get the latest schedule and to plan your visit.
The Muttontown Preserve
Comprised of 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County’s largest nature preserve.
The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Maps and brochures are available for self-guided tours and include descriptions of various areas along the trails.
In winter, residents can enjoy the cross-country skiing trails that are available when weather allows. Muttontown also has several structures, including the Chelsea Estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Nassau Hall.
Raynham Hall is in Oyster Bay, New York. It was the home of the Townsend family, one of the founding families of Oyster Bay, Long Island, and members of George Washington’s Culper Ring of spies.The house is now owned by the Town of Oyster Bay and operated as a public museum by the Friends of Raynham Hall Museum, Inc. Raynham Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Town of Oyster Bay Landmark. It is located at 20 West Main Street, right in the heart of Oyster Bay.