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Quogue Historical Society Biannual Holiday House Tour

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Quogue Historical Society Holiday House Tour

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Homeowner Scott Santorius, Mayor Peter Santorius and Board Member Donna Levi at the Biannual Quogue Holiday House Tour

This past weekend I enjoyed covering the Quogue Historical Society's Biannual Holiday House Tour on Saturday December 14, 2019.

Saturday, December 14

Holiday House Tour, 2 to 6 p.m.

Cocktail Party, 6 to 8 p.m.

Supporters visited five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holidays. A Cocktail Party at one of the homes followed.

First house on the list was the

 "Nestledown Cottage"

A quintessential Quogue two-story shingled cottage with symmetrically paired second story gables an an elongated front porch supported by Doric styled columms. Nestledown boasts all of its original six over six windows. It is pleasantly located on Beach Lane, a short distance from the ocean and retains its immense charm after more than 100 years.

"Old Trees"

This elegant home was built in 1894 for Mr. and Mrs. Crowell Hadden, st., and was designed by their son, Howard Hadden, as his first project while an architecture student. Mr. Hadden Sr. was a Civil War veteran who was Chairman of the Board of the Brooklyn Savinggs Bank. The home was built on Post Lane on the eastern end of Quogue Street, at the head of Ocean Avenue which at the time led directly to the Atlantic Ocean. It was constructed as a two-story shingled colonial revival-style house with a posted wraparound porch, a porte cohere, and a hipped roof. Old Trees is a wonderful example of the scale and remarkable architectural sophistication of some of Quogue's significant "Summer Cottages" and the interiors refect craftsmanship and detail of the time it was built.


Dating from the 1890's, the home was built originally as a barn annexed to the Hallock Boarding House (now Quogue Club at Hallock House). The structure likely built by Asher Benedict Hallock was eventually converted to a two-story , five-bay residence with a gable roof, cedar-shingle siding and centered chimney. Walter Booth Tuthill took ownership of the home from his aunt, Mrs Asher B. Hallock in the 1920's. the house named "Windrush" because of the strong air currents that flowed through its porch. The house was purchased by the Gerard McAllister family-circa 1945. In the 1960's the porch and its two stone columms were enclosed to add interior living space.

After a change in ownership the home was purchasedin the late 1980s by Jerome Coleman, a former president of the University Club in NYC, who obtained a vintage chandelier after a club rennovation and installed it in the living room. The current owners purchased the home in 2013 embarking on a significant restoration and addition in 2015.

The last two homes are situated on Old Point Road. One of the homes was built in 1902 on Midhampton Point, this house has commanding views of Shinnecock Bau and Phillips Creek on the eastern edge of Quogue. It was built by James Moore Montgomery who was active in many organizations over the years and was the founder of the Quogue Field Club's Junior Sports Division in 1920. He was also the great uncle of Actress Elizabeth Montgomery best known for her TV role as Samantha in Bewitched.

In 1972 Fashion Designer Arnold Scaasi purchased thehome living there for several decades with his huband Parker Ladd. While undertaking some rennovations, Scaasi asked famed Sculptor Louise Nevelson what color to paint the exterior of the house which had been grey reportedly she answered "Black darling," so he decided on just that. the home was featured in an least two issus of Architectural Digest which have been kept at the residence. The home was recently purchased again in 2017 for a full rennovation top to bottom. The owners now have retained two black metal animals left by Scaasi in the living room decor, as well as two pairs of Lucite candlesticks and an all white ceramic fruit bowl he left on the dining room table.

The last home om Old Point Road is a fully restored Dutch Colonial. the home was originally bult as a summer home in the summer colony developed by Elwin Kane Stewart from Ohio and was called Midhampton Point. Mr. Stewart built his family's lovely summer home overlooking Shinnecock Bay in 1904.

The current owners purchased this home in 2012. At the time a pool and pool house had been added and some renovations had been done. The magnificent updated chef's kitchen and family room are truly the heart of the home, with modern conveniences that enhance the house without diminishing its historic status.

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The Quogue Historical Society was founded in 1947 as the Historical Committee of the Quogue Library. In 1948, the Post family donated Quogue’s first schoolhouse, built in 1822, to the Library to be operated as a museum. It was moved to its current location behind the Library and, in 1949, opened to the public.

In 1977, the organization was incorporated and chartered as the Quogue Historical Association by New York State Regents and, in 1980, the charter was amended to change the name to the Quogue Historical Society.

In 2011, the Society moved its offices from the Quogue Library to new headquarters at 114 Jessup Avenue, a mid-19th century building located near the commercial and administrative center of the Village.

Called the Pond House because of its proximity to the pond at the corner of Midland and Jessup Avenues, the building provides two floors of exhibition space; climate controlled storage of the Society’s collections of artifacts, clothing and textiles, photographs, and documents; research facilities, and administrative offices.

The Pond House is owned by the Village of Quogue and administered by the Society under a license agreement. The Society is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization run by a Board of Directors, part-time Curator, and a cadre of dedicated volunteers.

To further its work in education, collections care and research, and historic preservation, the Society relies on donations, large and small.

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Francine Federici of Francine's Fashion Boutique at Her Holiday Fashion Show 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Massage Therapist and Director Lois Posner from Massage on the Run at Francine's Boutique Holiday Fashion Show

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Massage Therapist and Director Lois Posner from Massage on the Run at Francine's Boutique Holiday Fashion Show

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Boutique Owner Francine Federici at he Holiday Boutique Fashion Show and Cocktail Party

Francine's Fashion Boutique in Huntington, Long Island New York opened their doors to the Huntington Community for their annual Holiday Fashion Show and cocktail party.

"This is our annual event, we do it every year and the community and our customers love it," revealed Francine Federici who has owned the boutique for many years.

Francine's Fashion Boutique Specializes in honest, personal and professional service to every client. Francine's carries "casual to evening wear for all occasions" which will help make your shopping experience easy and enjoyable!

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Quogue Holiday House Tour

Quogue Historical Holiday House Tour


All events are free unless otherwise stated.

For more information: 631-996-2404 or [email protected]

Saturday, December 14

Holiday House Tour, 2 to 6 p.m.

Cocktail Party, 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit five Quogue houses festively decorated for the holidays. A Cocktail Party at one of the houses follows.

House Tour $60, Cocktail Party $50, House Tour & Cocktail party $100

Patron Level $125 (House Tour & Cocktail Party)

Click here to purchase tickets

On the day of the event, pick up or purchase your tickets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue, Quogue.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the tour, please call Lee Wadelton, Volunteer Coordinator, 908-377-1486 

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Champions For Charity Americana Mall

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with President of London Jewelers Candy Udell and Dr. Harvey Manes at Champions for Charity Event at the Americana Mall, Manhasset

Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7 Shoppers enjoyed participating in Champtions for Charity.

All that participated enjoyed an annual holiday shopping benefit in support of the community! 25% of full-price pre-tax purchases at participating Americana Manhasset and select Wheatley Plaza stores will be donated to the participating organization(s) of the shopper's choice.

Shopper simply presented their CHAMPION NUMBER on Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7 at participating stores at the time of each purchase and 25% of your full-price, pre-tax purchases will be donated to the organization(s) of their choice. Over 70 stores participated to benefit over 130 not-for-profit organizations!

Donations will be made on full-price merchandise only and some product exclusions may apply, subject to individual store policy. Your purchases are not automatically eligible. Your CHAMPION NUMBER is required to allocate your donation and MUST be presented at the time of each purchase. Returns or exchanges made on merchandise purchased towards Champions for Charity® are subject to individual store policy. Participating store gift certificates and special order merchandise are subject to individual store policy.

Since its inception in 1996, Champions for Charity® has raised nearly 13 million dollars. Taking an active role in the community has been an integral part of the Castagna Realty Retail Group’s mission, particularly throughout Americana Manhasset’s 63 year history.

President of London Jewelers Candy Udell promoted her charity Rescue Paw Foundation.

Candy Udell, President of London Jewelers, began her career at London Jewelers in 1973, the same year she married Mark Udell, son of Fran and Mayer Udell and grandson of Charles London, founder of the family business in 1926. London Jewelers is highly respected and considered by the jewelry and watch industries as innovative leaders. Prominent trade publications, both domestic and international, have sought their views and insight on the industry workings. The Udells were approached by Basel World Daily News of Switzerland to provide testimony for the largest jewelry and watch fair in the world. They were also chosen to participate in the JA New York testimonial ad campaign featured in April 2009 National Jeweler and other major industry trade publications.

Candy graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialty in communications. Her forte at London Jewelers is fostering the creative side of the business to include merchandising, marketing, advertising, store design and adding the finishing touches and details, which have helped make London Jewelers what it is today.

Through the years, Candy has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 1995, she was awarded the Women’s Jewelry Association Award for Excellence/Retail, recognized as Retailer of the Year by the American Jewish Committee and was awarded Jeweler of the Year by the New York State Jewelers Association in 1991. She also served on the Board of the Jewelry Information Center. In 2004, she was a recipient of the prestigious AGS Triple Zero Award, and in 2006, was selected by InSync Magazine for their Women of Distinction Award. Candy has also been awarded the Summer 2013 Hall of Fame for the Women’s Jewelry Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Candy Udell served as a board member for the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. She has been honored by the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bideawee and received the Rescue Dog of the Year Award for Corporate Excellence. Candy has supported causes such as the Israeli Defense Forces, The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education, The Don Monti Foundation, American Heart Association, The Lustgarten Foundation, Katz Women’s Hospital, Hadassah, North Shore Animal League and The Glen Cove Animal Lovers League.

Candy and Mark Udell were selected as Honorees for Congregation Tifereth Israel 100th Anniversary. They were also the honorees of the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center Friendship Circle Luncheon for their dedicated efforts to better their community and their support of the Jewish Community Center.

In 2010, Candy was instrumental in the formation of Rescue Paw Foundation, a 501( c) 3 charity, whose mission is to fund the building of no-kill shelters providing rescue, spay and neuter services. Candy designed the Paw Jewelry Collection and designated the proceeds to Rescue Paw Foundation, which has rescued and found homes for almost 3,000 dogs over the years.

With all of their success, Candy and Mark always acknowledge the family founders for teaching them that family comes first . . . and that customers are members of the extended London Jewelers family. This enduring concept has resulted in Candy’s children, Randi and Scott becoming the fourth generation to continue the philosophy established by grandfather Charles in 1926.

Most importantly, Candy is proud grandmother of Sienna London and Blake Harper.

For more information please visit

I also had a chance to chat with several Animal Rescue Organizations including Bidawee and Founder Jeffrey Beri from No Dogs Left Behind.

No Dogs Left Behind is a registered 501.c.3 and engages every stage of rescue, from emergency response to final adoption through international alliances and engaging local resources.

Thanks to generous supporters they will receive the food and medical care they need to survive and a flight to a loving forever home in the USA.

For more information please visit

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The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actress Lucy Walters 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Store Manager Dustin Lujan at Cos Bar Toy Drive at the Brookfield Place Mall on Vesey Street

 TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Fashion Designer Victor de Souza at Cos Bar Toy Drive at the Brookfield Place Mall on Vesey Street  

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interview Soprano Opera Star Kinneret Ely at Cos Bar Toy Drive at the Brookfield Place Mall on Vesey Street to Benefit New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Cos Bar Toy Drive at the Brookfield Place Mall on Vesey Street to Benefit the Prevention of Cruelty Towards Children

 VICTOR dE SOUZA CIRQUE DU HOLIDAYS TOY DRIVE took place on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Beauty store Cos Bar Brookfield Place.Benefiting the NYSPCC.

Supporters enjoyed special sweet treats, Pink Champagne, Beauty Treatments, Cosmetic Applications and a special performance by Soprano Star Kinneret Ely. The event was hosted by Actress Lucy Walters famous for her TV role in "Power," and Designer Victor de Souza.

During the event I had the chance to chat also with Store Manager Dustin Lujan who created the event to support a Toy Drive and to benefit New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Established in 1875, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) was the first child protection agency in the world and constructed the basic tenets of child protection laws in the United States. Today, The NYSPCC remains dedicated to protecting the safety of children and helping vulnerable families, with programs designed to prevent child maltreatment and mitigate its harmful effects. Since its incorporation 143 years ago, The NYSPCC has served over two million children, parents, caregivers and child welfare professionals.

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protection agency in the world. She has held senior management positions at the Child Protection Center of Montefiore Medical Center (a Child Advocacy Center), the Children’s Village, and at Covenant House/Under 21. Dr. Pulido’s protocol for crisis debriefing following child fatality and critical incidents is utilized throughout the New York City Child Protective Services system. Dr. Pulido is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Dr. Pulido to the New York City Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) where she served until 2015. She serves on the National Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and on the NYS Chapter Board of APSAC and is Chair of their Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the World Childhood Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Pulido holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published in the areas of detection and prevention of child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse prevention, providing supervised visitation services, crisis debriefing, and preventing secondary traumatic stress.

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The event took place as mentioned at Cos Bar in the Brookfield Place Mall on Vesey Street, New York.

Since its foundation in Aspen in 1976, Cos Bar is the luxury multi-brand beauty retailer of excellence. Designed for a sophisticated and discerning audience, Cos Bar has successfully carved out a unique and engaging sales experience focused on the needs of the client. Coupled with a carefully curated array of the world’s best beauty brands, this artful combination of selection and service has led the brand to unprecedented levels of appreciation.

With omni-channel distribution and geographic growth on the horizon, Cos Bar will bring this compelling style of retailing to a much greater audience.

Meet Lily Garfield, Cos Bar founder. A longtime resident of Aspen, she was alarmed to find that despite the high altitude, harsh weather and strong sun, there were few skincare products available to combat the vigorous climate of the Rockies. She immediately set out to create a beauty boutique that would become synonymous with quality, personally selecting skincare and makeup from the world’s finest, most prestigious collections.

For more information please visit

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2019 Vanderbilt Museum Tree Lighting Ceremony

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op under the 40 Foot Christmas Tree that was donated by the Hollander Family

The Vanderbilt Museum helds its 32nd annual Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 30. This year the tree was donated by the Hollander family.

Keri Hollander and her family purchased a small live spruce 30 years ago as their first Christmas tree. After the holiday, they planted it in their front yard in Centereach. Now it’s 40 feet high and they offered to donate it to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum for display in the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard.

Lead sponsor for the event is Northwell Health. Other sponsors include Lidl grocery stores and J.G. Brands Christmas Tree Sales, Inc.

The free family-friendly event, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, draws several hundred visitors each year. Included will be performances by the Northport Chorale and singer Eva Erickson, carol singing, ornament-making for children, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (a great photo opportunity).

Visitors can enjoy treats provided by Lidl, Long Island’s next new grocery store. Stop by the Lidl food truck for free snack samples.

J.G. Brands Christmas Tree Sales, Inc., of Bellerose, New York, also donated a tree. The 15-foot balsam is standing in front of the arc of thousand-year-old Carthaginian columns at the entrance to the Vanderbilt Estate.

The event includes a raffle basket ($129 value): Vanderbilt Family Membership, a one-hour photo session (plus 10 prints) at the Vanderbilt with Janelle Brooke photography, and lots of Vanderbilt gift items and children’s toys from the Museum Gift Shop.

Holiday visitors who purchased tickets for guided Mansion tours will see the magic created by local designers and garden clubs, who deck the halls each November. This year, in addition to the beautifully transformed rooms, visitors will see a spectacular installation in the lobby of the Museum’s Memorial Wing – Enchanted Flight of the Cardinals by the designers at Ethan Allen in Huntington Station, N.Y.

Many believe the red cardinalis a spiritual messenger, a connection to our past and to those who walked before us. They say that a red cardinal sighting instills feelings of peace: A cardinal flying toward the sun is said to be a Harbinger of good fortune in the spirit of the Holiday Season. The museum invites all to take inspiration from their "Flock" of Cardinals as they soar up to the Heavens, delivering messages of promise and hope for the upcoming year. The display was designed by John Graziano, manager of the Ethan Allen Design Center in Huntington Station. "Because the Vanderbilt pays homage to history and is a vivid reminder of the past, the idea seemed appropriate," said Graziano, who installed the display with his team of talented designers. They asked clients to write messages of hope om the tiny tags, which they attached to the faux feathered birds. "We are privileged to present this beautiful display especially during the holidays." He said, "When so many visitors tour the museum to connect to an era gone by."

For many years, the Museum was able to harvest large pines and spruces from the wooded areas of the 43-acre Estate. In September, the Vanderbilt announced it was seeking a local family that could donate a sizeable tree for this year’s celebration. The Museum agreed to cut it down and transport it to the Mansion.

Keri Hollander responded, and wrote an email to Jim Munson, the Vanderbilt’s operations supervisor:

“I believe I have, on my front lawn, the perfect holiday tree for your Mansion’s Courtyard. It’s approximately 30 years old and was our family’s first Christmas tree. We thought it would be fun to buy a tree that we could bring into the house – it was only about six feet high at the time – and then later plant it in our backyard.

“Right after Christmas, we planted it ‘temporarily’ in the front of the yard with plans to move it in the spring. Well, 30 years later, it still stands in the middle of our front lawn. If you will have it, we would be very happy to donate it to the Vanderbilt Museum.”

Lance Reinheimer, executive director of the Vanderbilt, said, “We’re very grateful to the Hollander family and to J.G. Brands for their generosity. The J.G. Brands tree will welcome visitors at the gate. And the Hollanders’ spectacular spruce will be the delightful holiday centerpiece for the Vanderbilt Mansion – part of the magic of the grand house, which is decorated every year by local volunteer designers and garden clubs.”

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Fashion Designer poses for a photo-op with Club Promoter Herbert Fox and her husband Jack at her Christmas Party and Trunk Show at Pomona NYC Lounge .

Singer Coby Koehl poses for a photo-op at Grace Edwards Christmas Party at Ponoma NYC Lounge

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Herbert Fox from Herbert Fox Productions at Fashion Designer Grace Edwards Christmas  Party and Trunk show featuring bow ties and cumberbands.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Fashion Designer Grace Edwards Christmas Party and Trunk Show at Pomona NYC Lounge

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Fashion Designer Grace Edwards Christmas Party and Trunk Show at Pomona Lounge NYC

After spending six years in Asia featuring her underground fashions, Designer Grace Edwards returns to show case her latest and new collections of couture gowns, bow ties, cumberbunds and holiday accessories for a night out on the town.  

Grace has always designed for the avante garde and fashionistas of the world whether it be here in New York City, Hong Kong and Tokyo which happens to be her favorite city.

The event took place on December 13th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Pomona Lounge NYC right off of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street next to the Paris Movie Theater and steps away from the Plaza Hotel.

Haute bohemian, eclectic, eccentric and edgy sophistication

Grace Edwards, a Philippine born self-taught artist, and a New York resident since 2001, began her career creating one-of-a-kind avant-garde club wear in 2005. Thought of as an underground designer, she liked the idea of appealing to the nightlife crowds around the world. “My clothes are meant to move and flow while on a dance floor in New York, Manila, London, and Tokyo”. Grace’s philosophy is that ‘fashion design comes from the soul and is a natural reflection of one’s past experiences’.

In October of 2005, Grace was selected as a participant in the AOL Entrepreneur online reality series, “The Startup.” Her business, Grace Edwards New York, Inc. was one of three businesses chosen out of 2,000 candidates, and the only New York business spotlighted. “The Startup” chronicled a day in the life of three entrepreneurs during their first year of business. The segment featuring Edwards began filming on August 12th, 2005, in New York, and continued for 58 weeks. The program first aired online on November 1st, 2005.

After experiencing start-up success on the AOL on-line reality show, Grace opened her studio in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and became the best well kept secret in town amongst New York society hipsters. Her clients included New York’s young celebrities and rock stars, underground artists/designers, and Wall Street moguls.

In February, 2012, Grace moved the entire contents of her studio in New York to Manila, Philippines, when she felt it was the right time to change scenery, believing that when you follow your heart and soul, success will always be around the corner.

In February, 2013, Grace is now ready to launch her new website and on-line-boutique!!

On June 1, 2018, Grace is back to New York City after 6 years of a very succesful venture in Tokyo, China and Manila. She will be launching her new on-line boutique!!

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Vanderbilt Museum Annual Tree Lighting

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Director, Lance Reinheimer, for the Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 24 at 4 pm at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, Long Island

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Annual Vanderbilt Christmas Tree Lighting in Centerport, Long Island

Long Islanders started their holiday season this year at the Vanderbilt Museum.

Each year, on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, the Vanderbilt holds its annual Tree Lighting in the courtyard of the Mansion.

This year the Tree Lighting ceremony took place on Saturday, November 24, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This FREE, festive, family-friendly event featured carol singing with the Northport Chorale, a children’s ornament-making workshop, cookies and hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The event was sponsored by Northwell Health.

William K. Vanderbilt II – known to family and friends as Willie K. – loved the oceans and the natural world. In his sea-going global travels, he collected fish and other marine life, birds, invertebrates and cultural artifacts for the personal museum he planned to build on his Long Island estate.

Willie Vanderbilt exhibited thousands of the marine specimens he had gathered – one of the world’s most extensive, privately assembled collections from the pre-atomic era – in his own marine museum, the Hall of Fishes, which he opened to the public in 1922. Wings of the mansion house galleries of his natural-history and cultural-artifact collections, and the Habitat with its nine wild-animal and marine-life dioramas created by artisans from the American Museum of Natural History.

Today, the 43-acre waterfront Vanderbilt museum complex counts among its extensive collections (which total more than 30,000 objects) the mansion, curator’s cottage, a seaplane hangar and boathouse, antique household furnishings, rare decorative and fine art, the archives and photographic record of Vanderbilt’s circumnavigations of the globe, and published books of his travels.

Vanderbilt realized the potential for his sprawling estate to become a museum “for the use, education and enjoyment of the general public.” He established a trust fund to finance the operation of the museum and deeded it to Suffolk County, New York, upon his death in 1944. The county opened the museum to the public in 1950.

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