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Western end of Harkness Parks delightful classical style pergola. This is located on the West side of the mansion.
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Connecticut
Mystic Country Region
Harkness Memorial State Park
HARKNESS MEMORIAL STATE PARK
HARKNESS MEMORIAL STATE PARK
275 Great Neck Road
Waterford, Connecticut   06385

Phone: 860-443-5725
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
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Harkness Memorial State Park
'Pergola and Trees'
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Western end of Harkness Parks delightful classical style pergola. This is located on the West side of the mansion.

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'Climbing Roses on Garden Wall'
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Pink climbing roses on garden wall at Harkness State Park.

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'Wedding Inspiration'
© 2011 by Robin McMenamin. All Rights Reserved. Rmcmen1gmail.com or 203671-0416.

I see why couples desire to marry here. Although the winter has left a mark on the walkway of this pergola, it only leaves me with the impression that many blessings for a healthy marriage lie within this place.

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'West Lawn Ocean View'
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Ocean view from edge of West garden and lawn often provides scenic photo opportunities of passing shipping.

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'Seaside East Garden Gate'
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East seaside garden viewed through filigree wrought iron gate, shows late afternoon lighting of garden and mansion.

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'The strength of columns'
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The column divides the view of the mansion. Columns are great symbols of hard work. Harkness park is the true sign of hard work and the luxury to follow afterwards.

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'Gates of floral'
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If you look closely at the iron work on here you can see that it was all hand made. Perhaps a hammer or mallet shaped the heads of the fence.

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'Magnificent'
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A grand view of the enormous mansion. The sky leaves you wondering what is behind this place What is the story of this mansion To me, this place is like a dream.

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'Peaking through the window'
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Again, the deserted greenhouse. A calm and odd quiet surrounds this place. It makes me wonder how lively and colorful it once was.

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'Japanse Maple Hideaway'
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The lines and the curvature of this tree is an example of how beauty lies in the imperfect. This tree never runs out of shapes. When it is covered in the summer, it is a perfect hideaway spot. Also, you can pay respects to the animals that once resided on these grounds.

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'Wrought Iron Intrigue '
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Wrought iron is one of the most interesting works of art. I love to see how the vines are fused on to the fence.

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'Protection'
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I just learned of the artist Patrick Dougherty at the Florence Griswold Museum. He and I share the same love for buildings covered in ivy and sticks. There is something haunting, beautiful and comforting about it.

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'If this was my home'
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I said to my oldest son, if I was ever rich Id try to buy and live at Harkness. He said what about the visitors How would you take that away from them I said, Id still share it with them and we would have a lot of friends

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'Reflections'
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The sky dominates this image with the reflection of the mansion.

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'Meditate'
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I often wonder why people spend a lot of money on travel when beauty is all around us. To me, it is even more beautiful because it is basically right in our own backyards and it doesnt cost a thing.

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'Royal Entrance'
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I hear the sounds of horses carrying a carriage. A woman dressed in beautiful Victorian dress and the servants awaiting her arrival.

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'Something in Paris Alley'
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This has me only thinking of something in the city of Paris. A dark alley that leads you out to a bright courtyard.

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'Gardens'
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A walk through here enters you into a state of pure bliss.

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'Building at Gardens'
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'Flowers in Garden'
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'Catch of the Day'
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'Natures Way'
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'Gift Shop'
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'Garden overlooking the Sound'
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'Egret Waiting'
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'Cormorants'
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'Cat'

A couple beached the catamaran for long enough, for me to capture the beauty, and the form, nature with man...

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'Doe'

She was out with two fawns, crossing the road to the beach, and we slowed the car, after all, this is her home. She graciously posed for me.

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'Gull, Damselfly, People'

I saw all of us getting along swimmingly, even the gull, and the damselfly, over the hills, near the dunes, without a clue, I see you.

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'Other Side of the Dunes'

Standing on a lovely little footbridge, I saw Gods face in clouds, on the water.

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'SHARK'
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'The Gardens at Harkness'
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'Flowers'
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'Harkness Memorial'

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Into the gardens

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'Harkness Memorial'

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Lawn and trees

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'Summer Sweeps'
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'What seems to be early morning'
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Over the horizon lies the beautiful Long Island Sound.

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'Climbing Vines'
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Mother Nature will always find her way to let us know she isnt going anywhere. Through tragedy and through beauty.

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'Quiet Abandonment'
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I am aware that Harkness is planning on restoring the greenhouses. Perhaps one day we will see it in working condition again.

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'Elegant entrance'
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This gate welcomes you to more beauty at Harkness. Again, another inspiration to the textiles and motifs I design.

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'Something like a wonderland'
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Looking at this image only makes me think of a storybook. In the spring you only see the branches that are striving for the green to return. In due time, it will once be colorful again with the sun shining through the lattice.

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'Wood carved pergola ceiling'
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This has inspired me for the textiles I design.

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'Mansion, Pergola, Garden Wall'
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Late afternoon Summer sun behind photographer gives a special glow to Harkness mansion, pergola, and gardens.

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'Vaulted Seaside Porch'
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This vaulted, patterned porch ceiling, with side collonades, in located overlooking the seaside lawn of the Harkness mansion.

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'Fountain with Statue and Plants'
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This decorative fountain is located in the gardens to the West of Harkness mansion.

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

The Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion has 42 rooms and includes a pergola (tearoom) and carriage house (support complex). Lush gardens flank the mansion on both the east and west lawns, and an Alpine Rock Garden adds to the beauty and splendor of the seaside panorama.

Mansion Hours:The mansion is open for tours weekends and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. The first tour of the day starts at 10:00 a.m. and the last at 2:15 p.m.

Rental Information:Eolia is available for weddings, private parties, seminars, conferences, luncheons and teas from March 1 to December 23.
History of the Area
Originally from Ohio, Edward S. Harkness was to become heir to a fortune initiated by his father's substantial investments in John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. Instilled at an early age with an ardent love for his fellow man and a feeling of responsibility for the wise and just use of the wealth at his command, Mr. Harkness was to bestow over two hundred million dollars upon wide-ranging philanthropies.

The mansion was purchased in 1907 by Edward and Mary Harkness. From 1918 to 1929, extensive work was done to the grounds by noted landscape designer Beatrix Jones Farrand (one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects). The estate was left to the State of Connecticut in 1950 and became part of the State Park system in 1952.
Nearby Accommodations
Located along the CT Shoreline midway between New York City and Boston, and only one hour from Hartford, with tons of local attractions both on the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.
14.2 miles from park*
Boats and RVs
Rent My Camper.com, Inc - Shirley, NYMotor Home Campers
We'll Hook You Up with all the comforts of home including heat and AC. We deliver, setup and pickup. Our campers sleep up to 10. Just bring your food and clothes we've covered everything else, even clean linens and towels Camper is supplied with pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, all your kitchen needs.
53.7 miles from park*


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

The Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion has 42 rooms and includes a pergola (tearoom) and carriage house (support complex). Lush gardens flank the mansion on both the east and west lawns, and an Alpine Rock Garden adds to the beauty and splendor of the seaside panorama.

Mansion Hours:The mansion is open for tours weekends and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. The first tour of the day starts at 10:00 a.m. and the last at 2:00 p.m.

Rental Information:Eolia is available for weddings, private parties, seminars, conferences, luncheons and teas from March 1 to December 23.
Things To Do in the Area
RiverQuest-Connecticut River Expeditions - Haddam, CTBoating
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
Web Site: ctriverquest.com
24.9 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 4 Beautiful by Elena Gerard
I am an artist and I did an oil painting of the garden with the cherub holding the two ducks in the fountain. It was perfectly beautiful
April 12 Great place to take the family by Tyler Bailey
Many great memories at the park. Riding bikes, playing frisbee, horses, beach, hide and seek. Great area.
July 20
A wonderful place for a wedding - my son & his wife got married there in May.... it was beautiful! The mansion is perfect for a small wedding or a large wedding.
June 8 Love this park!!! by IK
Love this park. You get the best of everything. Lots of grass to play, trees for shade, beach to sunbath. And the best part is you can bring your dogs to enjoy it with you. Also love the mansion and gardens.
May 17 Great place to relax and take photos! by Craig Szwed
I love walking the grounds, watching the kites flying, taking photographs, and relaxing among so many lovely gardens. Lots of quiet places to sit and talk or meditate. Lots of opportunities for wonderful photos.
June 24 by npg
great place to visit very relaxing
May 25 Breath Taking by Louise DiGangi, Norwich
I spent the day with my family at Harkness and the grounds are breathaking! rolling landscapes beautiful oceans, the hole atmosphere was spactular! we will return many times...after such a wonderful day......Thanks!
January 22 Our Happy Place! by Sarah
My fiance and I LOVE this park. It is our favorite park we have been to by far. A very special place for us and we are going to look into having our wedding there. So many pretty flowers, green grass, ocean all around...its simply amazing!!
July 3 beautiful grounds on the ocean by Dawn Noyce
Beautiful rolling seaside grounds. Hard to imagine one person owned all of this. The only downside is no swimming. The mansion is really cool, although not open all the time. You can fish, picnic and sunbathe. good spot for the family. Dogs are allowed and you see them alot. They just have to be leashed. Very peaceful and pretty seaside park.


Area Campgrounds

Aces High RV Park
301 Chesterfield Road
East Lyme, CT


Camp Niantic-By-The-Atlantic
271 West Main Street
Niantic, CT
860-739-9308


Seaport Campground
PO Box 104
Old Mystic,, CT
860-536-4044


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast - Madison, CTBBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
Web Site: thetidewater.com/
24.6 miles from park*
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Directions
Take Route 2 south to Colchester. Route 85 south to New London, take a right onto Boston Post Road (Route 1), and then take a left onto Ocean Ave. Right onto Niles Hill Road. Left onto Dimmock Road.

From Hartford area: take Route 91 southbound onto Route 9 south. It will merge with Route 95, go northbound on Route 95, take Exit 75. Bear right at the end of the exit, you will be on Route 1. Proceed 3 miles to the light at Avery Lane (Route 213), turn right and follow to the park. Avery Lane will become Great Neck Road. The park will be on your right.

From Boston and Providence areas: take Route 95 southbound to Exit 81. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto access road and proceed to stop light. At the light take a left onto Cross Road and continue to the intersection with Route 1. Turn left onto Route 1 and continue to the traffic light at Avery Lane (Route 213). Turn right onto Avery Lane and follow to the park. Avery Lane will become Great Neck Road. The park will be on your right.

From New York and New Haven areas: take Route 95 northbound, Exit 75. Bear right at the end of the exit, you will be on Route 1. Proceed 3 miles to the light at Avery Lane (Route 213), turn right and follow to the park. Avery Lane will become Great Neck Road. The park will be on your right.

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