Centerport Home Becomes the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

On January 8, 1944, William K. Vanderbilt II died of a heart ailment at age 65. He received many tributes from his family, friends, automobile enthusiasts, yachtsmen, aviators, and World War I Navy comrades. In his will, Vanderbilt left a trust fund of $2 million to care for his Eagle’s Nest estate in Centerport, New York and arranged for its presentation to the local county government. His home is maintained today as the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.