I took a field trip, on my own, today to a local historic site. We often forget how important local history is to our culture and to us as citizens. I visited Eisenhower Park in Nassau County, NY. Not only is the park beautiful, there is a wonderful Memorial Park, too.
The Eisenhower Park property was in the early part of the 20th century part of the private Salisbury Country Club and included five 18-hole golf courses. During the Depression, the owners were unable to pay taxes and the property was taken over by the county. Subsequently, the county acquired additional land in the area. In 1944, Nassau County Park at Salisbury was established as part of County Executive J. Russell Sprague’s vision to create a park that “one day will be to Nassau County what Central Park is today to New York City.” The park was officially dedicated in October 1949.
On October 13, 1969, Salisbury Park was rededicated as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Park at a ceremony attended by the 34th President’s grandson, Dwight D. Eisenhower II, and his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower.
If you live in Long Island, NY, this park is a must see. Here is just one of the memorials I was able to take a picture of before my camera died.