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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tour of Mill Neck Manor


The inside of one of grandest houses on the Gold Coast isn’t something you see every day. In fact, in the case of Mill Neck Manor House, it’s not something you see every week either – as tours are available to the public only on select Sundays.

Of course, Mill Neck Manor is an equally rare place. An enormous 34 room Tudor Revival mansion set on 86 acres overlooking the Long Island Sound, Mill Neck Manor was once the home of Robert Leftwich Dodge and his cosmetic heiress wife, Lillian Sefton Dodge.  Enter the solid oak doorway – itself reputed to be between 400 and 500 years old – and you’re in for something(s) special. There are leaded stain glass windows -- $10,000 each in 1920s dollars – depicting Shakespearean plays overlooking the main stair landing. The plasterwork on the main floor ceilings alone took two years to complete. The complete tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and does involve some walking and climbing of stairs.

Tours are in organized groups of 25, start at 11:00 am, and include tea and scones – plus extra time for the gift shop and strolling the grounds. $25 for adults; $20 seniors (55+), $15 full-time students with valid ID; $7 children (12 and under.)  Photography, pets, and unaccompanied children are verboten.