Caumsett State Park is situated along the North Shore of Long island, with 1400 acres facing the Long Island Sound. Famed retailer Marshall Field built the estate in the mid 1920s, naming it after the Matinecock Native American’s word for ‘Place by a Sharp Rock’
The estate was purchased by the state of New York in 1961 as a park. The mansion itself is in need of some repair, although apparently birds like to live on the chimney.
As noted it is along the Sound, with a picturesque view.
Returning to our tour around the outside of the house (it is rarely open for interior tours) you can still see the details, as well as the need for some upkeep.
Nearby a former garage serves as a gathering spot.
Also on the property are other stately homes, although without the water views.
One home is still in daily use.
The estate was used for many equestrian events, as evidences by the many barns. Caumsett State Park is a nice place to hike with natural scenery, but with some investment the property could be brought back to be an impressive setting.
If you are in New England and you want to go to Long Island you can either make the drive to New York City and backtrack back out the island, or you can take a cross sound ferry.
We made a choice to take the ferry from New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, New York. With a full day in Boston, we showed up in New London in the early evening and spent the night before taking the 1st ferry of the morning.
We spent our evening in New London having dinner (an interesting experience at Tony D’s Italian restaurant) and walked the downtown area, where it was apparent the architectural firm that designed the library was the same one who had designed the Waterworks in Boston, as the buildings had a strong resemblance.
The schooner Amistad is docked in the harbor.
While along the harbor front is a row of American flags.
A fountain celebrates the whaling history of the city.
The New London Union Rail Station was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in the late 1800s.
A centerpiece for the town is a schoolhouse that Nathan Hale taught at before the Revolutionary War.
The next morning we caught the ferry out of town. It offered a nice overview as we left.
Including the impressive interstate bridge over the Thames River.
Past the lighthouse and into the Long Island Sound.
We were on the slow ferry since we had the car with us. Soon the passenger only Sea Jet ferry caught us and passed us in their 40 minute crossing, whereas ours took 80 minutes. But soon we were on Long Island and continued our trip.