Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

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Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which includes the Coe Hall Historic House Museum, is an arboretum and state park covering over 400 acres (160 ha) located in the village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, New York.

Near the end of America's Gilded Age, the estate named Planting Fields was the home of William Robertson Coe, an insurance and railroad executive, and his wife Mary "Mai" Huttleston (née Rogers) Coe, the youngest daughter of millionaire industrialist Henry H. Rogers, who had been a principal of Standard Oil. It includes the 67-room Coe Hall, greenhouses, gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. Its grounds were designed by Guy Lowell, A. R. Sargent, the Olmsted Brothers, and others. Planting Fields also features an herbarium of over 10,000 pressed specimens.

The name "Planting Fields" comes from the Matinecock Indians who cultivated the rich soil in the clearings high above Long Island Sound.

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  • Wonderful place to visit. We had a tour of the house scheduled on a rainy day so we were the only 2 people there. Eileen, Our Guide, was just great. She was knowledgeable and friendly. The home.....  more
    Wonderful place to visit. We had a tour of the house scheduled on a rainy day so we were the only 2 people there. Eileen, Our Guide, was just great. She was knowledgeable and friendly. The home.....  more »
  • Gorgeous old mansion with a lot of unique and interesting features, including leaded glass windows, stained glass, and Tudor features. The house is around 100 years old, but the family built it to... 
    Gorgeous old mansion with a lot of unique and interesting features, including leaded glass windows, stained glass, and Tudor features. The house is around 100 years old, but the family built it to...  more »
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  • We like this Arboretum! The ground is mostly paved and stroller friendly. Lots of different types of flowers and plants. I particularly like the fact that they label each most of the flowers and plants and provide a brief description of each along the way. My kids enjoy reading and learning about the different spices there. This place is huge and you do not feel crowded at all. My kids love running around by the lawn area and we can have a picnic there. We went in mid-April and the cherry trees were blooming at the peak. There is a rose garden as well, but the roses were not ready yet. Will definitely come back in Fall. No one is collecting the $8 entrance fee at the gate, but you will need to pay at the machine and display the receipt at your dashboard. Empire pass holder is free.
  • This place is nice to visit on a weekday, when it's not crowded. We'd visited the grounds and the greenhouses previously, but this was the first time we toured the mansion. It was such a treat, particularly because we were the only people in the tour, and consequently the docent Pat can tailor the tour to our interests and answer all our questions. The stories of the Cole family and the gilded age are fascinating. And this house's stories are quite different from those of the other famous houses on Long Island. Definitely recommended!

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