Ruins of house overlooking Long Island Sound at Rye Marshlands

2202698309_f55873b179_bThis is all that remains of a house that once stood here many decades ago, in Rye, New York. You can see the Long Island Sound in the background. Even less is known of this place than the ruins of the Parson’s Mansion up the road. There are no ghosts around to tell its story, at least I’ve never met any at this preserve.

These ruins are located in the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye. It’s a not a large nature preserve like the Rockefeller Preserve, but it is a great place to go bird-watching, or joggling, except in the more swampy areas. In the summer the mosquitoes may overwhelm you.

2203478842_e62b0967f0_bIf you very lucky, you may spot a whale by the shore. You will almost certainly see deer if you spend more than a few minutes in this small island of wilderness. Unfortunately, lots of deer means lots of deer ticks that spread Lyme Disease, so take precautions so you don’t get bitten. The area around the heavily forested preserve has a lot of stately mansions, some of which are architectural marvels. The feel of the area is a little reminiscent of Newport, Rhode Island, but the mansions aren’t as grand or historic, and the area isn’t nearly as touristy. It is mostly locals who go hiking in this nature spot. New England is a stone’s throw away, just a few miles north, so this area has a “New England” kind of feel to it.

The sea breeze during the warmer months is simply delicious. They sometimes have guided tours, and it is only 26 miles(41.8 km) north from the big city.

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8 responses to “Ruins of house overlooking Long Island Sound at Rye Marshlands

  1. You just make me want to visit!

  2. What a great find! You have a super place wo wander with your camera.

  3. Have you met any ghost in other ruins?

  4. What a beautiful place to run. I often see runners in the cemeteries I visit – the big ones anyway. Try it sometime, and bring your camera

  5. You will never, ever see a whale here. This borders the Long Island sound. While you will see whales on the south shore you will never see them in LI Sound. It is a beautiful park and the birding is great.

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