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About Us

The Friends of Cedarmere


As a charitable non-profit corporation, THE FRIENDS OF CEDARMERE, INC., strives to build membership and obtain tax-deductible grants and donations, either financial or in-kind, to maintain Cedarmere's historic gardens. We also work to re-open historically significant rooms in the main building and the Mill for various uses, including:

  • performances

  • workshops

  • special exhibits

  • research programs

  • lectures and tours

  • other site-appropriate functions and events

In addition, The Friends of Cedarmere Inc. assist and advise Nassau County with respect to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Cedarmere, and its brilliant and influential former owner, William Cullen Bryant, prominent 19th century poet, newspaper editor, abolitionist, and civic leader.

The Friends of Cedarmere has a Board of Directors, responsible for oversight of the organization.


Management of Cedarmere


NASSAU COUNTY manages Cedarmere through its Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums. The main house was opened as a Museum in 1994 to honor Bryant's bicentennial birthdate, but was closed  in 2008. 

Main House:  Exterior of the main house was restored in 2013 and the interior in 2014. It is open to the public but only by guided tours - Thursdays at 2 pm and again at 3 pm.  The tours are of the first floor of the house only, as the house is also home to the working offices of select non-profit organizations who lease the upper floors from Nassau County.

Mill: Closed for interior restoration
Grounds: Open to visitors year-round

For Private Functions:
Contact the Friends of Cedarmere at 800-763-7190 or email us at

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"...Go forth, under the open sky, and list to Nature’s teachings..."

William Cullen Bryant

  from 'Thanatopsis"

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