Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park is a 691acre state park located in the hamlet of Great River, New York, on Long Island. The park includes an arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for William Bayard Cutting in 1887, as well as a mansion designed by Charles C. Haight.The house at the heart of the park, Westbrook, is modeled on an English country house. Both the house and property were given to the people of Long Island by Bayard Cutting's widow and daughter "to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest, and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting".The park has a nature trail and recreational programs, and there is a food and a gift shop at Westbrook.HistoryCharles Sprague Sargent, director of the Arnold Arboretum advised in developing the extensive conifer collection north of the carriage house. Some of the most mature planting was damaged in Hurricane Gloria in 1985.William Bayard Cutting's grandfather, Robert Cutting, had been Robert Fulton's partner in the ferry from Brooklyn to New York; they married sisters who were daughters of Walter Livingston. Cutting developed railroad interests in West India; his son was a pioneer in refining sugar from sugar beets.
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  • Tea at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum is the perfect place to visit with friends or family if you are looking for something special. This was my second visit to the cafe for tea and they deliver a delic...  more »
  • This is a place of beauty and serenity. The gardens, the trees, the walking paths through holly bushes, the colorful splendor of the dahlias in the summer and early fall. The rhododendrons that are pr...  more »
  • Visited today with family from Israel. Fall in its best, Golden leaves and trails , yet sunny and pleasant. The house is immaculately kept, although had access to the 1 st floor only. Had delicious lu...  more »
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  • Real nice layout. Mansion is decorated for the holidays. Good memories here. Paradise Island is closed right now. Eagle's nest so privacy. Take a tour of the mansion, gardens, the tea room menu....the mansion is beyond description. When you look at everything and realize it is all done by hand. Handicap accessible. Concerts are spectacular.
  • I enjoy the peaceful walks through this site. The trails are somewhat well maintained, even with all the spring storms rolling through. If you're lucky you might even see the swans.
  • Probably the nicest Arboretum on LI. Beautiful grounds, well maintained. The Mansion is spectacular and they host a Victorian Tea every Sunday, which is so popular, you have to make reservations at least a week in advance. A must go on a regular basis, at least e few time a year, especially the first Friday of December for the annual Christmas Tree lighting. Summertime features musical concerts on the grounds. Great place to visit and unwind. Have a picnic or just sit on the benches along the Connetquot River.
  • It's a nice rambling old manor house with well-manicured grounds. Especially nice are the variety old trees. The bathrooms are ancient but well kept. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or even the morning they do a good breakfast there. I wouldn't recommend this place 4 impromptu wedding photos. They charge for that
  • Wonderful place to spend the day. Well kept grounds provide a beautiful landscapes with walking paths. Many varieties of trees and plant life. The HUGE willow tree is a must see.
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