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The Ardsley Park album images include architectural photographs of the estate of Cyrus Field (c.1890). Cyrus Field (1819-1892) spearheaded the mission to lay the first telegraphic cable across the Atlantic Ocean. As the head of a paper company, he amassed wealth that he used to finance his idea of the transatlantic cable. Leading the Atlantic Telegraph Company, he arranged for the British and American naval ships Agamemnon and Niagara to lay the cable. On August 16, 1858, the first transatlantic message was sent from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan. The cable stopped working three weeks later. In 1866, the Great Eastern successfully laid a functioning and more durable cable across the Atlantic. In later years, he supported other trans-ocean cables from Hawaii to Asia and Australia.

Field and his wife Mary Bryan Stone had seven children. They lived primarily in New York City, but stayed during the summer months in Field's country home, called "Ardsley Park," named after the birthplace of one of Field's English ancestors. Ardsley Park spanned 780 acres between Irvington on Hudson and Dobbs Ferry, NY. Field built houses for himself and each of his seven children on the grounds.


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