Harkness Mansion, Connecticut

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The mansion was formerly Eolia, the estate of Edward Harkness, heir to a fortune initiated by his father Stephen V. Harkness’s substantial investments in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, who purchased the mansion in 1907.

From 1918 to 1929, extensive improvements were made by landscape designer Beatrix Jones Farrand. Eolia was left to Connecticut in 1950 and became part of the State Park system in 1952.

Eolia mansion always reminds me of the 1920’s. You half expect the Great Gatsby to arrive.

The grounds have large open fields, salt marshes, rocky shores, and even a small beach.

The marsh is home to Osprey in the spring, other water fowl all year long.

The following shots were taken from spring of 2014 through year end.