9. The Most Recent Owner Was the Brother of a New York Governor

Exterior of Winfield Hall.
Many secrets await those who explore Winfield Hall. Photo courtesy of Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company.

The most recent owner of Winfield Hall was Martin T. Carey, the younger brother of former New York Governor Hugh Carey. He made his fortune in the petroleum business and became an avid preservationist of Gilded Age mansions, owning and restoring properties on Long Island and Newport, Rhode Island.

Carey died in June 2020 and as part of his estate sale, both Winfield Hall and neighboring Cashelmara, the former estate of the daughter of New York banker William H. Porter (known originally as Bogheid) are on auction through his estate . The Cashelmara, situated right on Long Island Sound, contains a bowling alley and indoor tennis courts.