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Waveny Park, New Canaan

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Waveny Park (also known as Waveny House) is a park in New Canaan, Connecticut. The park's centerpiece is "the castle" built in 1912 and surrounded by 300 acres (1.2 km2) of fields, ponds and trails. The architect for the structure was William Tubby. Landscape design for the original residence was by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

The house was used for exterior shots for the fictional 'Cortlandt Manor' on the soap opera All My Children for many years; exteriors of the estate were also used in the 2004 remake film The Stepford Wives.

The park is bordered by Farm Road to the North, the Merritt Parkway to the South, South Avenue to the East and Lapham Road to the West. Over the years, numerous additional town structures have been built on parts of the property including New Canaan High School, Waveny LifeCare Network , an aquatic center, two public water supply towers, as well as paddle tennis courts. To be able to use some of these facilities, a nominal annual fee is charged. The Parks recreations are enjoyed by many people from all around Fairfield County.

Lewis Lapham, one of the founders of Texaco and the man who built Waveny House, spent summers there with his family for many years. The Lapham family gave the Town of New Canaan most of the estate land in 1967 and sold Waveny House and its surrounding 300 acres (1.2 km2) to the Town for $1,500,000.
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  • Great place to walk. recently redone gardens are always beautiful. Wonderful way to appreciate all four seasons in Connecticut.  more »
  • This park is great for anyone. Running, walking, swimming and tennis are just a few of the great things that are offered.  more »
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  • A great place for a hike or a run. The outside most trail is a good 3 mile loop. One of my favorite places for an evening run
  • Hiking trails, huge fields & meadows, beautiful scenery and a castle! (There's a huge castle that Christopher Lloyd grew up in & you can go inside!) I grew up in New Canaan and spent many times here, doing multiple things: softball practices w/ NCHS, hiking, fourth of July, prom after parties & more! If you've never been, you should definitely go check it out! (Bring your water & snacks or a picnic and spend the day!) There are public bathrooms by the visitor entrance of the castle.
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