Efforts to boost the number of tourists visiting Gold Coast mansions, lighthouses and other local historic sites are being backed by $100,000 from New York State.

The money will be used to develop brochures, a website and a Facebook page, both with video clips. The five-year plan targets New York City residents, school groups, families and others who may be unaware of Long Island’s historic sites.

…the committee estimated $1.2 million in additional economic activity would occur if 100,000 more tours of historic homes, gardens and other attractions took place each year.

Photo Credit: Phipps Mansion on Long Island, New York inspired the set of the latest Great Gatsby film. Arman Thanvir / Flickr