Location: Lloyd Neck
Built for: Marshall Fields III
Architect: John Russell Pope
Guided Tours: No
Caumsett was the country estate built by Marshall Fields III in Lloyd Neck. It is now Caumsett State Park. Caumsettt was once a self-sufficient estate consisting of barns, livestock, stables, farms and water and power plants. It also had facilities for every sport except golf. The main house sits atop a hill one mile from the main entrance. There is also a great view from the back of the house down towards the Sound. I understand the first floor is now open to the public. I haven't been there since Queens College was using the space so hopefully it looks a lot better. Apparently there are extensive renovations going on throughout the park. Good to hear.
The grounds are extensive. Put on your walking shoes. A lot of people bring their bikes there. I think they should add more benches...especially on the mile walk to the house. That's just my opinion. Here you can go hiking, cycling, bird watching and fishing. They also use some of the equestrian facilities. It's still interesting to see some of the buildings such as the dairy barns and stables. Some other structures remain such as the winter cottage, walled garden and a little of what used to be a formal garden off the side of the house.
Although Caumsett is far from being in the condition of it's hey-day, it's definitely worth checking out and i'm hoping to get back soon to see some of the renovations.
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