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King Zog was the king of Albania before World War II. As the Italians invaded Albania he and his Queen fled with the national treasure. Living as a jet setter in exile he dreamt of setting up a feudal kingdom outside his former homeland. He eventually, in 1951, bought the Knollwood estate, in Muttentown. Knollwood was a gold coast era estate built for Wall street mogul Charles Hudson. It was a huge 60 room castle of marvel and splendor. The Albanian King never did move into the mansion. As it sat in abandonment rumors of hidden treasures King Zog hid in the walls started to spread. It wasn't long before the estate was tarnished by vandals. This eventually led to it being torn down rather then restored. Luckily for us Long Islanders some of the ruins from this estate still exist.
The former front gate to the estate.
Left: Mansion stairways with a fountain in the middle.
Bellow: Close-up of the fountain.
Old stairway in the woods leading to nothing.
Part of the wall that surrounded the walled garden.
The front gate.
One of two gazebos.
Remnant of the loggia.
Stairway between loggia and where the mansion stairs are.
Front of the loggia.
Inside the loggia's basement.
Inside the loggia's basement.