1 folder + 11 35 mm. slides (photographs) and 5 3.5 X 5 reference prints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, New York, Nassau County, Mill Neck
Feathers (Mill Neck, New York)
The formal walled garden at Feathers, created in 1996 by the current owner along with landscape designer Lisa Thompson, is a small part of the six and one-half acre property with the original circa 1730 house. The 31 by 23 foot formal garden is divided into four parterres edged in boxwood with walks made from old bricks to match a standing old brick wall. A pink rose standard grows in the center of each parterre, surrounded by low-growing ground covers and annual flowers such as pansies. The brick wall is covered in climbing hydrangea and clematis, and has three arched doorways that lead into the garden. A bronze sculpture of the owner's son as a child created by his grandmother, Mary Emma Flood (1900-1987), overlooks the garden from a niche in the brick wall.
The spring-fed property overlooks Beaver Lake, where there is a small house and rock and fern garden. There is another garden of perennial and ornamental grasses near the lake, and many mature trees. A brick room next to the main house that held a furnace in earlier days has New Dawn roses trellised on the roof.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charles Wright (former owner and builder of the original house, circa 1730-1741); Isaac Frost and members of the Frost family (former owners, circa 1741-1763); John Underhill and members of the Underhill family (former owners, 1763-1901); Ella Kennard (former owner, 1901); Harvey Murdock and members of the Murdock family (former owners, 1901-1927); Alicia Gamble Ludlow (former owner, 1927-1953); Innis, Helen S., and Blanche S. O'Rourke (former owners, 1953-1973); Harvey L. and Cornelia D. Schwartz (former owners, 1973-1983); David W.C. Clark (former owner, 1983-1987); Norman C. and Kathleen H. Keith (former owners, 1987-1994); Helen Dillon (landscape designer, 1995); Lisa Thompson (landscape designer, 1996); Robert Gahagan (architect of new addition, 1997); Mary Emma Flood (sculptor of bronze statue of child).
This property has been extensively researched for the transfers of title beginning in 1685, when a deed of sale was signed by individuals who were likely Matinecock Indians.
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of an article, photocopies of historical records, garden plans, and a title summary for the property.
This property is featured in "Secret Garden" by Allison Engel in "Renovation Style" Spring 1999