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.
Charles 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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  • Spent a couple of hours here during covid in order to check out the dahlias. The park is very nice and a very easy walk. The dahlias are worth seeing but I would also recommend strolling the entire....  more »
  • Beautiful grounds on this riverfront property. My mistake was visiting in December. Next time I will return in the spring when everything is in full bloom. Plenty of walking trails leading to the...  more »
  • This place is such a gem of the island. It is so extremely beautiful to walk around and see so many beautiful plants. Being surrounded by nature is awesome but so is the house on the property. The staff are really knowledgeable about the houses history and the plant life on the property. They always have art galleries or tours of the house occurring and the cafe in the house has a great arrangement of food, beverages and dessert. They have a whole menu just for tea
  • Beautiful horticultural haven. Several entertaining musical venues are offered on the weekends in summer. The small cafe known as Hidden Oaks is quaint with a large open porch. Perfect for sitting down with an herb tea, some decadent brownies or a light sandwich, while taking in the gorgeous and serene landscape and bayhead.

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