Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

New York

(631) 581-1002

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Overview

In late 1936 as she was contemplating the transfer of what was then called "Westbrook" to the Long Island State Park Commission, Olivia James wrote of the two purposes she and her mother envisioned for what is today, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, named for her father William Bayard Cutting.

"These purposes are:

(1) That Westbrook shall be an oasis of beauty and of quiet, and that it shall be a source of pleasure, rest and refreshment to those who delight in outdoor beauty.

(2) That it shall serve to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding, on the part of both the general public and of those professionally concerned with landscape design of the value and importance of informal planting, and shall thus be an influence in preserving the amenities of our native landscape."

With 691 acres situated on the picturesque Connetquot River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum fulfills Ms. James' wishes in fine style. Visitors can learn about the value and appearance of planned, but informal plantings on a country estate. Or they can merely enjoy the serenity of a walk among the trees of the pinetum or among the rhododendrons. Most trees are labeled so that visitors can learn how they might appear in their landscape at home. The Bayard Cutting Horticultural Club offers programs that add to the educational value of the place. http://www.bcahs.net/

The estate mansion is maintained in its original style with furnishings typical of the estate era. Guided tours of the mansion are available seasonally. A café on the first floor offers light luncheon with a stunning view over the great lawn of the Connetquot River. Formal teas are offered and can be arranged by reservation. Historical retrospective photo exhibits in the mansion show that Westbrook was once a well known dairy farm producing glass-bottled milk for sale in local markets. One of the original barns remains in the farm area of the arboretum.

It's a wonderful place to relax, read a book, and experience the peace and serenity of estate living in the 1920s and '30s.

Please note: A permit is required to take wedding photos at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. It must be obtained prior to the event and a fee may be required. Please contact the park for further information.

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Map of Bayard Cutting Arboretum (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.750963, -73.160791

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The entire park consists of 931 acres and the arboretum currently encompasses about 250 acres of landscaped property offering an oasis for a large variety of birds.

  • Historic Sites

    The arboretum renown for its varied and old horticultural achievements, it also features structures that were built in the late 19th century. Interestingly, the Bayard Cuttings went to Europe during the time of construction of their soon to be summer home, and brought home with them even older pieces from various castles around Europe. There are wooden carvings that date back several hundred years living here, showcased in their original format. We have tours that allow patrons to explore different parts of the Manor House and explain the history behind the family that created the arboretum.

Seasonality/Weather

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Directions

Driving

Grand Central Pkwy to Northern Pkwy, or the LI Expressway to Sagtikos State Parkway, south to Southern State Pkwy, east to Heckscher State Parkway, south to Montauk Hwy (Rte 27A, exit 45E) to the Arboretum. From Eastern Long Island: Sunrise Highway (Route 27) west to Southern State Parkway, south to exit 45E (Route 27A), east on Route 27A to Arboretum.

Phone Numbers

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(631) 581-1002

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