Whitney Park, the 36,000-acre estate named in honor of the wealthy New York Whitney family who had owned it for over a hundred years, is being offered for sale by the estate of the late Marylou Whitney, who died last year. The asking price? An impressive $ 180 million, or about $ 5,000 an acre, according to an article on the list of The Wall Street Journal.
History goes into the history of the property, which began in the 1890s with the construction of Deerlands, the estate’s main house. It was around this time that William C. Whitney began buying property in the Adirondacks, and the huge property now known as Whitney Park has grown from those original purchases over of a century.
Deerlands has plenty of space on its own, enough for 17 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, including those in the guesthouse and staff quarters. It’s tucked away in privacy and seclusion behind a five-mile long road guarded by an old-fashioned gatehouse – which John Hendrickson, the widower of the late Marylou (the couple pictured below), is in a area code different from the house itself. .
Nearby is Little Forked Lake with its two-story boathouse, and elsewhere on the huge property you’ll find 22 other fish-filled lakes, a logging and trapper cabin that also dates back to the 19th century, and a natural wildlife including moose, bears, deer and even some bald eagles.
Interestingly, Hendrickson is selling the property on his own, without the usual listing agents, despite its massive size (and asking price). And it would be even bigger if it weren’t for the 14,700 acres that Marylou sold to New York State in 1997 for $ 17.1 million, land which is now referred to as the William C. Whitney Wilderness. This sale took place about five years after Marylou inherited the property herself, following the death of her first husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney.
Hendrickson tells WSJ he hopes to find a buyer who will nurture Whitney Park with the love and care the Whitneys have given him for so long. But he gets rid of it because it’s just too much land for one man:
“It’s bittersweet that I decided to sell, but it’s too overwhelming for a man and I don’t really want to own a country. You can accommodate 70 Monacos … It’s lonely without Marylou.
Now the search for the new owners of the huge property has begun.