The historic Mackay Horse Statue will be unveiled Saturday in Roslyn following a three-year meticulous restoration process.
The event, sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead in partnership with the Roslyn Landmark Society, begins at 2 p.m. at Gerry Pond Park on Main Street in Roslyn. The public is encouraged to attend.
According to the Town of North Hempstead, the 10 and a half foot tall horse tamer statue originally sat on the grounds of the 648-acre Harbor Hill mansion built for financier Clarence Mackay in 1920. After the Harbor Hill mansion was demolished in 1947 to make way for new homes, the 10,000 pound statue remained in its original position for nearly a century, in what eventually became the backyard of an East Hills residence.
When the family sold the home in 2010, they donated the statue to the Town of North Hempstead who has worked with the Roslyn Landmark Society to supervise its restoration and relocation.
Saturday's invited guests include: Franklin Hill Perrell, Roslyn Landmark Society executive director, Craig Westergard, Roslyn Landmark Society president, Michael Mackay, great-grandson of Clarence Mackay and elected town officials.