The Caumsett Foundation

Dedicated to the conservation of

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

 



Until 18th century
Matinecock Indians used the land for fishing and hunting. 

1711
Henry Lloyd family and descendants - Manor House built

1771-1792
Revolutionary Period

1792-1872
Lloyd descendants

1872-1921
Various estate owners

1921-1961 
Caumsett, estate of Marshall Field III

1961- Present
Caumsett State Park 

1996
Caumsett Foundation Formed

2010
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve   (New Master Plan written by NYS & Caumsett Foundation.) Park designated as a historic park preserve.

  1. Be sure to visit our site periodically to enjoy our changing photo display of Caumsett and the activities enjoyed at this site.If you wish to donate any photos or memorabilia of Caumsett, or join the history committee, please contact the History Committee Chairman, Dorothy Cappadona at doc.dot@verizon.net or call her at (631) 549-6987.

  1. In the Woods

By Walter D. Kolos

For three centuries of recorded history, the woods at Caumsett have been a precious asset. On the cusp of the world’s greatest metropolis, this forest has managed to survive intact...

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  1. The Shore of Caumsett

By Walter D. Kolos

All of Caumsett is the result of the Wisconsin Glacier’s last retreat, 21,000 years ago. The estate has always been loved for its vast woodlands, gently undulating fields and meadows...

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  1. Horsing Around at Caumsett

By Walter D. Kolos

Considered to be one of the grandest homes in America, “Caumsett,” the former Marshall Field Estate, was said to have offered every sporting activity except golf. The two thousand...

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  1. The History of Caumsett Parkway

by Eastern Roads (www.nycroads.com)

When the Bethpage State Parkway opened in 1936, LISPC commissioner Robert Moses was considering extensions of the parkway south to Merrick Road in Massapequa, and north...

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  1. Caumsett a Gold Coast Jewel

By Walter D. Kolos


Caumsett, one of the grandest estates in America, was really a newcomer in the grand estate era. Newport and the Hudson Valley were established much earlier...

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  1. Nautical Diversions

By Dorothy Cappadona


Why was the shore of Long Island such a popular location for country estates in the “Gatsby Era”? One reason was the easily accessible nautical pleasures. Yacht clubs and racing...

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  1. The Walls  of Whimsy

By Walter D. Kolos

The Walled Garden was the most practical and productive part of “Caumsett.” Except for the youngsters on the estate that were forbidden to enter, there was nothing...

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  1. The Caumsett Farm Group

By Walter D. Kolos

The Caumsett Barns, were the crowing center piece of the utilitarian complex known as the Farm Group. This area, comprised of dairy barns, a bottling plant, garages, workshops, homes...

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  1. The History Committee Pursues Archive Leads

By Dorothy Cappadona

The History Committee is continuing to pursue leads on information for its archives. “Our collection has grown so extensively that items were moved recently to a larger storage area...

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  1. Caumsett, the Estate of Marshall Field III

By Dorothy Cappadona


In 1921 Marshall and Evelyn Field purchased three estates on the strip of land known as Lloyd Neck or Lloyd’s Neck. Immediately, the Fields set out to recreate a self-sufficient, county estate...

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  1. A Grandchild Remembers Caumsett

By Barbara Bliss, Grandchild of Marshall Field III


To be a child visiting Caumsett was better than taking a trip to Disneyland today. As we would drive up the endless driveway my brother and sisters and I would feel our...

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  1. Caumsett’s 1932 Circus Party

By Walter D. Kolos

The invitation, in 1932, billed the Circus Party as a "not fancy dress" affair although the guests arrived in black tie and floor length gowns. Caumsett has often been the inspiration for novel...

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Caumsett Timeline

  1. Motorcars at Caumsett

By Walter D. Kolos

When Caumsett was under construction in the 1920s, America was witnessing the explosive influence of the automobile.  After World War I, cars were all the rage, and Henry Ford’s assembly line process...

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  1. Autumn at Caumsett

By Walter D. Kolos

Autumn marked the end of the year at Caumsett. It was a grand finale, a time of crisper air and invigorating weather.  It was a time, unlike our own, when October...

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  1. The Cornucopia of Caumsett

By Walter D. Kolos

Caumsett was not only one of the grandest estates in America,  it was also a self-contained and self-supporting entity.  Aside from its legacy of being an elegant and lavish manorial realm, it was a  remarkable agricultural establishment which could  support itself and all ...

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