- : ClosedMonClosedTueClosedWed11:00 am - 5:00 pmThu11:00 am - 5:00 pmFri11:00 am - 5:00 pmSat11:00 am - 5:00 pmSun9:00 am - 5:00 pmRestrooms: YesWaste Disposal: Yes - Limited waste bins availableAbout this place:
Not only are dogs allowed on the trails, but there is now a dog run with spaces for large and small dogs!
Fun Facts & Sights to See:
- Historical Fact: Castle Gould was built to be a replica of Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle for his wife. She didn’t love the house, so a second, Hempstead House was constructed.
- Historical Fact: Daniel Guggenheim purchased the property and gave a parcel of the land to his son, Harry F. Guggenheim upon his marriage. He built a Normandy French style home, Falaise, which is also still standing! Harry was married to Newsday founder, Alicia Patterson, and his close friend, Charles Lindbergh was often a visitor here!
- Historical Fact: Mille Fleurs, a smaller house, was built for Daniel Guggenheims wife after his passing. It is currently a private residence
- Know Before You Go: dogs are not allowed on the beach!
- Helpful Hint: Trail maps are available at the Gate House
- Pop Culture: Several movies have been filmed in or around Hempstead House, including: Scent of a Woman (1992), Malcolm X (1992), and Great Expectations (1998). Falaise was the location for the famed horse head scene in The Godfather.
- Haunted History: visitors have reported feeling cold spots when visiting Castle Gould, as well as seeing the apparition of a woman. Investigators believe that the limestone the castle is made of has residual energy, causing the incidents.
- Pop Culture: Sands Point is the famed “East Egg” from The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- 127 Middle Neck Rd