Desmond-Fish Library Sponsors Great Gatsby House Tours

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Desmond-Fish Library will present a guided tour of Castle Rock and Cat Rock, fabulous mansions where Great Gatsby-like parties would have taken place. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and pretend that it is 1922 and that they have been invited to a grand party by the mysterious Jay Gatsby.

Castle Rock was built in 1881, and expanded in 1906. It is one of the most recognizable man-made landmarks of the Hudson Highlands. Cat Rock is a grand stone mansion on a 100-acre estate that was built in 1919. Both houses overlook the Hudson River.

People going on the tour will meet in the Desmond-Fish Library parking lot at 2 p.m. and go as a group to the houses. Visitors are not to go by themselves. Preregistration is required. Parking is limited. The library requests a $10 suggested donation to pay for expenses. To reserve a place for the house tour, go to the library’s webpage at or go to and enter in “Great Gatsby,” or call the library at 845-424-3020. The Desmond-Fish Library is located at 472 Route 403 in Garrison.

Libraries and cultural organizations throughout Putnam County are presenting a variety of concerts, discussions, and other events related to the classic book The Great Gatsby. Copies of the book are available at the Desmond-Fish Library.

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