America’s Castles – Hempstead House

Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY is also called the Gould-Guggenheim Estate or Castle Gould. (Image: Michael Gray/Flickr)

The Hempstead House in New York’s Sands Point Preserve was full of pure extravagance in the early 1900s. Rare orchids filled a sunken palm court; exotic birds and wild flowers filled an aviary; the library was built to resemble the library of King James I. You can still visit the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, which include half-a-dozen trails through woods, fields, a beach and a pond near the Long Island sound.

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