Originally a 237-acre working dairy farm with a herd of prize Guernsey cows, the Eolia estate had 65 employees, 35 of whom were year-round support staff. In addition to its stunning floral gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand and later Marion Coffin, the estate featured vegetable gardens, and fruit orchards. Not only did the farm provide food for the Harkness’s time in residence from May until September, but also enough produce for their main home in New York City as well as next-door Camp Harkness. Fresh farm bounty was delivered to both locales in a 1938 Model A truck stiil here on the property Also, each Friday, the farm hands were allowed to take butter, milk, cheese and produce home to their families.
A Dairy Barn once stood in the maintenance area near Great Neck Rd., but was lost to fire in the 1970’s.
Mary took a portion of the estate to start Camp Harkness in 1920 for children with polio.