Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
The Friends of Cedarmere was pleased to see the April 5 article about the New York Senate approval of a bill renaming the Roslyn Viaduct to honor William Cullen Bryant, Roslyn’s most prominent author (“New Name for Roslyn Viaduct,” The Roslyn News, April 5). While quotes from State Senator Jack Martins and local community leaders support this recognition for Bryant, credit for the initiative to have the viaduct renamed should go to our board members who requested that appropriate legislation be created and, for the past year, provided Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel with information about Bryant’s important achievements as poet, newspaper editor, and civic leader. While the assembly has yet to vote on the companion bill, we feel confident that it will pass, and that a naming ceremony will bring well-deserved attention to Roslyn and to Cedarmere, Bryant’s home.
The Friends of Cedarmere is a tax-exempt corporation, which works with Nassau County to restore, preserve and promote the public use of the Cedarmere Museum and estate on Bryant Avenue. As a first step toward these objectives, we have recently reached agreement with the county’s department of parks, recreation and museums to restore and maintain the historic Boxwood Gardens whose layout and plantings were designed by Bryant in the 1860s, and the adjacent Sunken Gardens designed by his grandson Harold Godwin almost a century ago. Our next goal will be to restore, enhance and maintain the museum rooms in the main house, so that they can be enjoyed by the public and inform them about the significant cultural, social and political achievements of William Cullen Bryant.
John B. Dawson, Jr.
President, Friends of Cedarmere