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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  • Had a terrific lunch at the cafe before my tour of the house. Love hearing about Long Island history and seeing how people on Long Island lived in the 1700-1800's. Great house and tour guide. Want to ...  more »
  • Went for a walk with my girlfriend and was so impressed with the view and the grounds!! The Connetquot River was so nice to walk along. We had lunch inside at The Hidden Oak Cafe. Very nice afternoon!  more »
  • A hidden hideaway in East Islip. A small restaurant can also cater special events and lunches Very nice for a quiet stroll around the grounds and along the river  more »
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  • A beautiful peaceful sanctuary in the bustling metropolis of New York. Elegant informal plantings with great seating for contemplation. Rivers and ponds attract Osprey, Eagles, Swan, Duck and Geese families. The Rhododendron walk and woods are wonderful. The Holly walk is always serene especially when there is some snow to enhance the evergreen and vibrant berries. The Hidden Oak Cafe is a home run. It has a nice menu with reasonable prices. The view of the great lawn and River is terrific. Try the formal Tea. Need to call a few days in advance since everything is baked on site. My wife and I try to visit Bayard weekly. After a beautiful three mile loop walk we enjoy lunch in the cafe. Enjoy either indoor or outdoor dining. Kids seem to enjoy the peace and beauty of the arboretum and love the great lawn. This is truly a gem.
  • Expansive woodland area with identified trees and plantings. Great for strolling. Lovely little cafe with quite a bit of scrumptious things to eat. Eat either inside the mansion cafe or outside on the porch with a river & expansive lawn view. The mansion's original library is now a tea room. The one time estate is terrific for viewing Spring flowers and flowering trees. Beautiful plantings for summer, too. Arboretum is decorated with an autumn theme in the fall.
  • Absolutely beautiful! We try to visit at least 7-8 times each year. In the spring it's nice to see the baby ducks, baby geese, and baby swans. In the summer the dahlias are typically in full bloom. The dahlia garden is quite large - about 1/3 acre The little snack shop is great. One of our favorite things is the spinach quiche. It's very rich. Almost like a spinach alfredo. It's really delicious! Perfect with a slice of one of their homemade pies. I think our very favorite time of year at Bayard is late July through Labor Day. If you're patient you will see hummingbirds. Last summer we went about 3 weekends in a row and they were there each time. Today we saw two so we know they are back on Long Island. For an amateur photographer the hummingbirds are pretty difficult to capture but if you're lucky you'll get at least one really good photo and it'll all be worth it. There are free concerts throughout the summer. In December there is a tree lighting. It's a really beautiful spot! Do check it out and be sure you bring your camera! :-)
  • Such a nice place to walk around. The main house is like a mini museum. Walking the grounds makes me feel like I am in 'Downton Abbey'
  • Great place to take pictures and learn about plants. Trails and paths for all seasons. This place is even gorgeous in the rain.

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