Description - In 1921 Marshal Field III purchased and named the parcel of land. Field created this self-sufficient English-style estate with numerous sporting opportunities except golf. The state of New York acquired the site in 1961 and through a cooperative effort the house and accompanying buildings are managed for a varied of purposes including an equestrian center, an outdoor and environmental education center, a wildlife hospital and more. Visitors to the Caumsett State Historic Park are invited to scuba dive, fish, hike, enjoy nature photography, bird watch, nature study, horseback ride, mountain bike, cross-country ski and partake in a guided or self-guided tour.
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Caumsett State Historic Park
- In 1921 Marshall Field III purchased 1,750 acres of Lloyd Neck to create one large estate. He named the land after its Matinecock Indian name, Caumsett, which means "place by a sharp rock." Field created a self-sufficient English-style estate as a combination country club, hunting preserve and home, complete with its own water and electrical supply. When the estate was finished, it had facilities for every sport except golf.
New York State acquired Caumsett State Historic Park in 1961. The park is diverse offering fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography and nature study. Guided tours focusing on many aspects of the Caumsett environment and Long Island are led throughout the park. The former Marshall Field house is now leased by Queens College for its Center for Environmental Teaching and Research. The polo pony barn now serves as part of the Willow Tree Farm Equestrian Center. The summer and winter cottages now house the Nassau BOCES Outdoor and Environmental Education Program. The Volunteers for Wildlife Hospital and Education Center is located in the "Calf Barn" of the park's Dairy Complex and the historic 1711 House Barn is leased to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.
Recreation - Visitors to the Caumsett State Historic Park enjoy biking, hiking, a bridle path, cross-country skiing, group tours along with guided and self-guided tours. The historic home is available for viewing. In addition scuba diving, jogging, bird watching and fishing are offered. The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours change throughout the year, please call for details. Admission: May-Columbus Day $5.00 vehicle use fee
Climate - The historical park experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. Typically Long Island has more than 200 days of frost-free growing season.
Caumsett State Historic Park is located on Lloyd Neck along Lloyd Harbor Road.