Old Westbury Gardens is an exquisite example of an American country estate from the early 20th century. Located on Long Island, it was built in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley for John S. Phipps (whose father was a partner of Carnegie Steel Company), his wife Margarita Grace Phipps, and their four children. The home is a Charles II-style mansion filled with beautiful antiques and examples of fine decor. A whole day can be spent exploring the grounds, which includes different formal gardens, paths, ponds, woodlands, and statuary. The beautiful atmosphere makes it is easy to lose yourself and imagine that you are a guest visiting the Phipps during the years when the estate was full of activities. With a miniature cottage, dogs, ponies, and rose covered sandboxes, the estate was the perfect dreamland location for themed children’s costume parties.
Visit www.oldwestburygardens.org for directions, events, and schedule. With the leisurely feel of the grounds, you can bring a picnic or eat at the Cafe in the Woods and spend your day taking family photos or just relaxing.