Mansion Tours at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
The Mansion Tour begins in the Courtyard of the historic house once owned by William K. Vanderbilt II. A guide will describe the history of its construction and the architectural details of Vanderbilt's 24-room mansion at his Eagle's Nest estate. Once in the Mansion, the guide will introduce the visitors to the history of the Vanderbilt family and take them through their living quarters and also the servant's wing.
The family and guest rooms are filled with, antique furnishings, paintings, ceramics, family photos and portraits. In the servant's wing the furnishings contrast with the luxurious style of the Vanderbilt's "upstairs" rooms. A highlight of the servant's wing is the serving kitchen completely stocked with vintage kitchenware and many of the everyday supplies available during the mid to late 1930's. The vintage look is completed with a collection of original dinnerware and serving pieces on loan form the Depression Glass Society of Long Island.
During the tour the visitors will learn about how life was on Long Island's Gold Coast at a time when the Vanderbilt's summered in Centerport, about the eclectic collections they surrounded themselves with and what the world was like for the family and staff at Vanderbilt's Eagle's Nest Estate. Mansion tours are scheduled throughout the day and can be up to an hour in length, depending on the group size.
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