Falaise is open until October 31,
by guided tour only.
HOURS: Thursdays- Sundays
Leave at 12:00 Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM from Castlegould
ADMISSION: $10.00. Purchase tickets at the Preserve
indoor photography allowed.
leave backpacks in your car.
suitable for children under age ten.
is one of the few intact historic houses remaining on Long Island’s
Gold Coast. The Gold Coast period was a time of opulence, when prominent
families built great mansions and large estates on Long Island.
Falaise was built for Harry F. Guggenheim and his wife Caroline
Morton in 1923. The architecture is French eclectic. The design
is based on a 13th century Norman manor house.
of the house include an enclosed cobblestone courtyard, thickly
mortared brick walls, steeply pitched roofs of heavy tile, and
a round tower. The medieval atmosphere is continued inside the
house by the arches, thick wood beams, textured plastered walls,
and carved stone mantels.
is furnished with antiques, many from the 16th and 17th century.
There are wood carvings, sculptures, Renaissance paintings and
several important pieces of modern art.
had a strong commitment to public service. He was Ambassador to
Cuba during the Hoover administration. A Navy pilot, he served
in both world wars. He had a lifelong interest in aviation. Charles
Lindbergh was a close friend and frequent visitor to Falaise. Harry
was also instrumental in getting funding for the research of rocket
pioneer Robert Goddard.
Harry Guggenheim and Alicia Patterson were married. Shortly afterward,
they founded Newsday, Long Island’s daily newspaper.
was an avid horseracing fan. He raised and raced thoroughbred horses,
and he helped establish the New York Racing Association. His trophies,
awards, and racing memorabilia are on display at Falaise.