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Is Harkness Memorial State Park free?

Is Harkness Memorial State Park free?

From Memorial Day to Labor Day (and a few weekends before and after those dates), there is a fee to park at Harkness. As Connecticut residents visiting on a weekday, the fee was $6 (cash only). Weekday rates for non-residents are $10 and weekend rates are $9 (residents) and $15 (non-residents).

Is Harkness mansion open?

Harkness is open to the public year-round. The gardens, grounds, picnic area, and waterfront are open 365 days a year. Visitors are welcome until sundown.

Is there swimming at Harkness State Park?

No swimming. Once a magnificent summer estate on Long Island Sound, now offers 42-room Italian mansion (tours available), formal gardens, picnic areas, fine beach for combing and fishing. No swimming.

Who lived in the Harkness Mansion?

The mansion, ‘Eolia’ named for the island home of the Greek god of winds, was built in 1906 and purchased by Edward and Mary Harkness in 1907. The 200+ acres were a working farm and the Mansion was the Harkness’ summer home.

Are dogs allowed at Harkness Park?

Dogs must be leashed and are allowed only in the lawn and picnic areas, not on the beach or in the formal gardens and you must pick up after them.

Can you get married at Harkness Park?

Eolia – The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park Eolia is available for weddings, private parties, seminars, conferences, luncheons and teas.

How many acres is Harkness Park?

230 seaside acres
Enjoy the panoramic views of Long Island Sound from Eolia, the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family set on over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, with stately trees and spectacular gardens.

What did the Harkness family do for a living?

His father, Stephen Harkness, came to Ohio as a young man and worked as a harness-maker before expanding his business interests in livestock, grain and distilling, and banking. A few years before the birth of his youngest son, he became a silent partner in the fledgling oil refining business established by John D.

How did Edward Harkness make his money?

Harkness. Edward Harkness inherited his wealth; he was the last surviving heir of a massive fortune created by his father’s early investment in Standard Oil. His privileges as a child did not prevent him from becoming a serious, orderly man. “A dollar misspent is a dollar lost,” he often said.

What CT beaches allow dogs?

Top 7 dog-friendly beaches in CT

  • Compo Beach- Westport, Connecticut.
  • Ned Dimes Marina- Westport, Connecticut.
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park- Madison, Connecticut.
  • Jennings Dog Beach- Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • Fairfield Town Marina- Fairfield, Connecticut.
  • Mixville Recreation Area- Cheshire, Connecticut.

Is Esker Point Beach dog Friendly?

Located at 900 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340, Esker Point Beach offers a man-made beach, a saltwater swimming area, shaded picnic area, restrooms, outdoor shower, and free parking. No lifeguards. The beach is open during daylight hours. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year-round.