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Panoramas: Lower Valley
Manitoga - Pond
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When Russel Wright, world famous industrial designer, found the property in 1942, it had been damaged by a century of quarrying and lumbering. Over the next three decades, until his death in 1976, he carefully redesigned and resculpted Manitoga's 75 acres. In his creation he used native plants, his training as a theater designer and sculptor, and his innovative design ideas to create a completely unique landscape. Though the landscape appears natural, it is actually a careful design of native trees, rocks, ferns, mosses and wild flowers.

As he created Manitoga he installed over four miles of paths that wind over creeks, into woods, among boulders and through ferns and mountain laurel.

Today, Dragon Rock, Wright's home at Manitoga, is the only 20th century modern home open to the public in New York, and one of the few on the east coast. Built in collaboration with architect XX, Wright considered it his most important creative effort. In 1996 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now is also listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Artists' Homes and Studios Associates Sites.

Manitoga is open daily from dawn to dusk for hiking and nature observation. Dragon Rock is also open for guided tours on weekends, spring thru fall.

This panorama view is from the top of the main path as it reaches the bluff over the quarry pond. Dragon rock is hidden in the trees directly above the small dock.

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