UNKNOWN CASTLE ?? CHELSEA CASTLE ??

I received E-Mail that said:

I don't know anything about it except that it is on Mutton Town Road in either Syosset, or Mutton Town, NY. It is Visible from the road and is located about 1/8 mile from Rt. 106. If you find out anything, please let me know. Both my mother and myself always enjoyed passing it on the way to my grandparents house during my childhood and would love to know more.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I am writing in response to the letter about the unknown castle in Muttontown New York. It is called Chelsea, and was built in 1923 by Mr.B Moore. It is now the Nassau County Cultural Developmental Center. The castle is surrounded by a moat, and the estate offers landscaped gardens and is open to the public.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

The unkown castle on muttontown road on long island is the king zog estate. A.K.A Knollwood estate. And it is in muttontown long island.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

The unknown castle in Mutton town as described cannot be Chelsea or Knollwood. They are not visible from the road. As described by the directions it appears to be "Nassau Hall." The home is large and is of wood construction. It sits across the street from the old Knollwood estate grounds. It is now home to Friends for Long Island Heritage

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

The Castle on Muttontown-Eastwoods Road is different from King Zog's Castle known as the Knollwood Estate. That is on the opposite side of Route 106 and is now known as the Muttontown Preserve. I used to ride my horse in there in the late 70's early 80's. That Castle was vandalized as it was thought to have contained treasures in the walls and few structures remain of King Zog's Castle and the Castle itself was torn down. The one referenced is a mystery to me as well as I used to pass it everyday living close by. I was told it was owned by either Barnum or Bailey and that was where they started their circus. I am not sure the information is reliable. I wish I could supply a picture of it, but I no longer live on the Island.

On 6-10-05, I received E-Mail that said:

Zog's p(a)lace, Knollwood, was at the south-eastern corner of the Preserve, NOT across Route 106, and nothing remains but gate posts and some of the foundation and steps (and maybe an urn or two).

Chelsea is in the northwestern corner of the Preserve, accessed from the North Hempstead Turnpike (Route 25A) in East Norwich.

Nassau Hall is indeed just across Muttontown Road from Knollwood, and outside the Preserve.

On 3-5-07, I received E-Mail that said:

Regarding King Zog's Estate in Muttontown, Long Island. I used to play in those ruins in the early/mid 60s. Back then there were still these stone "gazebos" and walls and basement rooms we could crawl into. I remember the story of the king who built the place, but who died before he could leave Europe. By the late 70s or early 80s, the standing structures were leveled and the underground rooms filled in. I remember a lion's head fountain on a wall at the bottom of two stone staircases that went from an upper to a lower garden. A long time ago....

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