Wednesday, October 14, 2009

'Broad Hollow Farm'

'Broad Hollow Farm', the estate of Thomas Hitchcock and later his son Tommy Jr., with alterations to a Quaker farmhouse by Richard Morris Hunt c. 1892 in Old Westbury. The house was originally part of the Titus homestead. Thomas Hitchcock Sr. was a 10 goal polo player who helped found the Meadowbrook Polo Club and is also credited with founding steeplechase horse racing (he's also in the Racing Hall of Fame for horse training). His son, Tommy Jr., was also a 10 goal polo player and is considered one of the best polo players in the sport's history. Following his death during WWII, the home housed jockeys who raced at the Roosevelt Raceway, and they also used to property to train. Click HERE for more on 'Broad Hollow Farm'. Click HERE to see 'Broad Hollow Farm' on google earth.

Part of the very large stables complex.



The polo field and 1 mile racetrack (which nature has been slowly reclaiming).

7 comments:

An Aesthete's Lament said...

WOW! Who owns this? The place is lovely! Is it all being allowed to collapse?

Zach said...

I refer you to SPLIA's letter to Old Westbury regarding the future of the site:

http://www.oldlongisland.com/2008/12/message-from-splia-regarding-hitchcock.html

Anonymous said...

Tommy, jr. was quite a hero as well. In WWI, he was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille. Captured, he escaped by jumping from a POW train headed towards Germany. He walked over 100 miles, for over a week, to the safe, neutral borders of Switzerland. He died in WWII in his forties as a test pilot. He was a man of amazing courage! - Robert

Anonymous said...

I use to play on this estate as a child and teenager, as my family was good friends with the owners in the 1980's and 1990's. I saw it in magnificent condition, it is sad to see these recent pictures. I was always attracted to this estate and its great history.

marketmargin said...

I worked there for about 2 years when it was known as Old Westbury Farm. Dominic owned it then and was managed by Frank.
The last year I worked, we were painting the mansion and stables for the arrival of the horses to come back to. But we ended up losing our jobs, because Dominic decided to sell the place.

Anonymous said...

my grandad worked here his entire life, for Thomas Sr, and Jr.. My dad helped keep up the track and clipped hedges for days as a young man. The Hitchocks were very nice, and held my grandad in high regard, I have many old newspaper clippings about them, and a polo mallet or two,.. sorry to see it so run down.

mustangnancy said...

I have a four poster bed and a steamer trunk with many tags from overseas trips by the Hitchcocks. My mother also had a very large sisal rug but they left NY and the rug was damaged. I don't exactly know how my family came to own these treasures.