Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park
Eolia is named for the Greek god of winds. His breezes help keep the 235 acre estate
cool on hot summer days. They will surely blow through the stone pergola facing Long
Island Sound, the site of the wedding ceremony. A formal Italian garden will provide
the backdrop. After dinner in the mansion, dancing will be outdoors under an tent on
the limestone terrace between the west and east loggias.
Two photographers have been kind enough to share with you
their work at Eolia. Please take a moment to visit their web sites.
We asked Carol and Vlad Kononov of
for permission to display the image above of the stone pergola
looking off toward Long Island sound.
They responded by creating an entire site for you to wander through
the gardens of the mansion. To view their generous gift, please
visit Eolia Mansion Website
On a chilly day, in the fall of 2004, Rich and Becky chose this place to wed.
Johnny Rygielski of
graciously let us display this remarkable
image through the columns.
The larger view of this photograph, in the
teofilstudios archive, draws you into the space.
Heirs to a Standard Oil Co. fortune, Mary and Edward Harkness
purchased the mansion in 1907 and used it as their summer retreat.
In 1950 it was bequeathed to the State of Connecticut. A multi
million dollar restoration was begun in 1996 and continues today.
During the search for a wedding site, we found one small drawback to Eolia.
It was small, gray, furry and aggresive.
It seems the stone pergola at Harkness Memorial State Park is guarded by
the Harkness Attack Squirrel. You have been forewarned. Walk softly and
carry a wedding wand.