3. One of the Smallest Historic Districts is in Turtle Bay, With Secret Gardens Hidden from the Street

Turtle Bay Gardens circa 1920. Photo via Library of Congress.

Turtle Bay Gardens was the brainchild of Charlotte Martin, a descendant of the Dutch settlers. She brought 20 run down houses in 1919 and remodeled them, creating a shared garden esplanade between them. A copy of the fountain in the Villa Medici sits in this garden. Charlotte’s personal house had a grand ballroom with 22 foot high ceilings and a private garden.