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Editorial: Great Things Happening at Coe Hall and Planting Fields

Congratulations to everyone involved in the restoration of the Italian Garden at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. It is wonderful to see how they have continued to take care of the site – in the most historically accurate way. The New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation is holding a special ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Italian Garden in June.

Coe Hall, under the guidance of Henry Joyce, is proving to be a delight. We viewed the new exhibit Gold Coast Weddings: 1890 – 1940 at Coe Hall where Jennifer LaVella, PR director, said one of the things that made the exhibit special is that the wedding of Natalie Mai Coe to Commendatore Leonardo Vitetti, an Italian Diplomat, in the spring of 1934, took place right outside the windows of the exhibit hall!

We especially enjoyed seeing the artifacts about the wedding of Ethel Roosevelt Derby – who went on to live in what we now call The Landmark Colony.

What is great is to see how this community is interrelated – one person, one event, one house at a time.

This is a great community and as we love to say – there are always great stories to tell, and you can read about them in upcoming issues of the Enterprise Pilot.