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. To visit Bayard Cutting Arboretum on your holiday in Great River, and find out what else Great River has to offer, use our Great River.
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  • One of my favorite parks on Long Island, this 691-acre state park was formerly the home and grounds of wealthy Long Islanders, the Cutting family. Bayard Cutting had the Manor House built for his... 
    One of my favorite parks on Long Island, this 691-acre state park was formerly the home and grounds of wealthy Long Islanders, the Cutting family. Bayard Cutting had the Manor House built for his...  more »
  • The estate is part of the NYS Parks System and is home of a wide variety of trees and flowers. There is a small farm and garden area with a large chicken coop that is a hit with the kids. The walk... 
    The estate is part of the NYS Parks System and is home of a wide variety of trees and flowers. There is a small farm and garden area with a large chicken coop that is a hit with the kids. The walk...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenic park with suburb landscaping, lots of beautiful flowers and trees. They have a cute little cafe called the Hidden Oak Cafe on premises that serves quiche, wraps, salads, desserts, tea, coffee, etc. Highly recommend. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Also have chickens, an organic garden and a Dahlia garden (in bloom May/June through October). Gazebo on the river. Just a beautiful place to visit. Parking is $8 or free if you have the empire pass.
  • Very well kept and the landscaping is impressive! They have plenty of little hidden trails and well located seating while you're exploring, 3 little ponds and some very old and impressive trees as well. Great place to explore for an hour or 2, and I definitely recommend visiting the Oak Hill Cafe after for a nice refreshing lemonade!

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