Muttontown Preserve

Muttontown Lane East Norwich, NY 516-571-8500

FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, Chelsea Mansion, 34

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Type: Birding, Preserve, Cross country skiing Price: Free Description:

Largest preserve in Nassau County: 550 acres, 10 miles of nature trails, 20 miles of bridle paths (no horse rentals), 2 self-guided trails, 4-mile cross-country ski trail, ponds and woodlands. Monthly guided hikes, geology, bird-watching and nature tours.

Chelsea Mansion, a Norman French-style mansion that was built in 1924 for Alexandra and Benjamin Moore, is located on the grounds. Recent work to the grounds include a rose garden and refurbishment of the home's original topiary garden. Several interior rooms have been refurnished and are now shown during group tours ($15), says director Michael Butkewicz. Elegant touches include interior decor purchased on the newlywed couple's yearlong honeymoon through Europe and Asia.

Season: All year

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Muttontown Preserve Muttontown Lane, East Norwich

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