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Here and There in Idle Hour

A garden maze, set in an area near Shore Drive and Middlesex Road, was sometimes referred to as the Labyrinth. It was formed of a clipped evergreen hedge of arborvitae or juniper and modeled after those found in English gardens.

The hay scale stood across from the Vanderbilt farm's Clock Tower. It consisted of a balance beam and weights enclosed in a chest-high wooden enclosure, adjacent to a platform that wagons would run onto for weighing of their cargo of hay.

The Vanderbilt cemetery was the place of internment for the two sons, by a previous marriage, of Anne Rutherford Sands, Vanderbilt's second wife. Located north of the mansion between Chateau and Woodlawn Avenues, its use as a cemetery ceased upon the sale of the mansion, and the bodies were removed to the Vanderbilt mausoleum in Staten Island at that time.

Near the present Snapper Inn bridge a turn bridge was located. It would admit towed barges of coal to go through the canals, to be transferred later to coal packets on shore. At the transferal point there was a turn basin, actually a widening of the canal, now referred to as the "lagoon," for the reversal of the boats and barges. Other Buildings

Each estate had an area used for the dumping of household garbage. These areas are always of interest to researchers of the past, for the garbage of any group will contain the materials which were used during a particular historic era. Pieces of china, bottles, and metal tools are possible items which can be researched in a garbage dump. The Vanderbilt estate used the area south of Oceanview Avenue, across from the orchard, for that purpose. Located in the orchard is a Tudor style building referred to as "The Orchard House," seemingly a residence for an employee in charge of the orchard.

Other Buildings Other buildings on the estate, with less detailed history available today, include the boarding house for workmen, at the northwest corner of Shore Drive and Hollywood Drive, a two story brick abode with a hip roof and exposed ornamental rafter ends. Diagonally across from it stands the Vanderbilt Superintendent's house, another attractive two story brick dwelling. Behind this house is a remnant of the old garden wall, and a building referred to as "The Pottery." This is a long one-story brick building, adjacent to a major branch of the canal system. The coal pits were supposedly located on the property, using the canals for access for the barges.

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