Thursday, 5 May 2011

Flat George visits Oyster Bay, NY!!

  Oyster Bay sits on the north shore of Long Island, a suburb of New York City.  Oyster Bay was
settled by the Dutch in the late 1600's, was a thriving fishing and
oyster town, played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, and has
been the home to Billy Joel and John McEnroe!

Theodore Roosevelt made Oyster Bay his summer home!  He came to visit
Oyster Bay for the first time in 1874, and his home, Sagamore Hill, is
now a National Historic Site.  This equestrian sculpture of him sits
at the crossroads of town, and was dedicated in 2005.

Robert Moses, king of all Long Island's parkways and parks, proposed a
bridge be built which linked Oyster Bay with either Westchester or
Connecticut in the 1950s.  The Oyster Bay townsfolk really put up a
fight and the proposal was denied.  Here's the view from and the Long
Island sound.

Raynham Hall is a twenty-two room historic house that interprets the
life and times of the Townsend Family, from the Revolutionary War
through Oyster Bay's affluent Victorian period in the 1870's.

Planting Fields, once the home of William Robertson Coe, was built
between 1918-1921.  This sixty-five room mansion, now called Coe Hall,
is a former Gold Coast estate sitting on over 409 acres.  And this
group of gorgeous trees all planted together is a beech copse.  Check
out Planting Fields here.

Well, as you can see, Flat George definitely had a nice time running
around.  Finn, however, was not interested.  We hope you'll
download Flat George and take him with you one day too . . .

Go give Finn a visit at his Blog...... Finn Howard


George the Lad said...

Hi Finn, you gave FG a good tour of the place thanks for hosting him

rottrover said...

Beautiful place to visit!

Amber DaWeenie said...

You really gots a good history lesson, FG. Glad you had a nice time. :)

scotsmad said...

Thanks FG. Some of that stuff is REALLY old. We don't even have stuff until after 1788. Did you have any oysters?

XXXoOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

Maggie and Mitch said...

Oyster Bay is a beautiful spot! Our dad would have loved to be along with you, FG! He's big into history.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Sweet William The Scot said...

Flat George you could get lost in that mansion. I bet there might have been some ghost around ~ 1870 was to long ago for me to count the years.
Sweet William The Scot

Finn said...

Glad you all enjoyed the post! It was fun putting it together!