Old Westbury Gardens

Here is another grand old estate in Long Island for you to get lost in. Old Westbury Gardens has the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was owned by the Phipps, a family that made its fortune in shipping. The mansion sits on 200 acres filled with woods, formal gardens, a lake, and a pond. We were very impressed by the layout of everything.

The walled garden is one of the largest I’ve ever seen. You enter through ornately-carved gates and find yourself surrounded by flowers of every shape and color.

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

At one end is a waterlily pond, but sadly no frogs and not too much in the way of waterlilies either, but that didn’t detract from the grandeur of the scenery.

Old Westbury Gardens

If you walk up Linden Alley, you will catch your first glimpse of the house. I could see myself playing out a scene from the Great Gatsby here!

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

This is the view of Linden Alley from the house balcony. They were setting up a photo shoot that involved a gramophone, a grand piano, and live pigs. Any wagers on what they were shooting?

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

The house itself was furnished with pieces of the period. They were exhibiting wedding dresses from different periods in each room. I overheard one lady say she didn’t understand why there were so many brides in the house. No picture taking is allowed inside, but I got this one picture of the sunroom before I found that out. The sunroom was quite easily half the size of my apartment.

Old Westbury Gardens

When you exit the house to the west, this is the view you get of the beautiful lake. There are geese and ducks in the reflecting pool beyond.

Old Westbury Gardens

As the name implies, this place is in Old Westbury, Long Island. It is a 30-45 minute drive from Manhattan. From April 29th to October 31st, it is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm (the house opens at 11:00 am). There are house tours at 11am and 2pm. Admission for the house and grounds is $10 per person. No dogs or bikes are allowed. For more information about events that are held here or to do wedding photography, you should visit their website.

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