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Billionaires & Inventors

Innovation & Commerce

For more than 200 years, New York State has been the home of world class invention and commerce. Its businesses and industries have long dominated American trade, and the state remains a leader of science, as well as a global economic force.

It is home to a whole host of historic inventions, going back over the years. In the 19th century Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works there, and one of the oldest photography museums is in Rochester, at the former home of Kodak founder -George Eastman. The state is even the original home of Jell-O, which has its own museum in LeRoy!

New York State has been home to many industrialists and inventors, whose opulent lifestyles can be glimpsed at their mansions, now historic sites. Among them are Long Island’s Gold Coast mansions; John D. Rockefeller’s Kykuit and the Vanderbilt mansion in the Hudson Valley.

Discover:  The homes of many exciting inventions

Understand: Why New York State has dominated global economics over the years

Experience: The glitz and the glamour of New York’s billionaires

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  • Midway State Park, Chautauqua Allegheny - Located on Chautauqua Lake, Midway State Park is one of the oldest amusement parks in the nation. Visitors can ride on the vintage carousel, or the tilt-a-whirl, have a round of mini-golf, play classic midway games, ride a go-kart or nosh on cotton candy. www.nysparks.com
  • George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Finger Lakes - Tells the story of photography, motion pictures and George Eastman; inventor, entrepreneur and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. Explore the Eastman mansion and gardens, as well as an unparalleled collection of photographs, movies and film technology. www.eastmanhouse.org
  • Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, Hudson Valley - Is a prominent Hudson Valley landmark. A tour includes the stone mansion, expansive, terraced gardens with an exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture, the underground art gallery with its Picasso tapestries and much more. www.hudsonvalley.org
  • Long Island's Historic Gold Coast Mansions, Long Island - Created by the wealthy industrialists of the early 20th centrury and famously portrayed in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Tour Grand estates like Oheka Castle in Huntington, Chelsea Mansion in East Norwich, Coe Hall and Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay to see lavish homes and formal gardens. www.historiclongisland.com 

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