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Sagtikos Manor, Bay Shore

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Sagtikos Manor is a historic home located at West Bay Shore in Suffolk County, New York. It is a long, eclectic structure which has been extensively enlarged by additions and alterations during its long and active life as a residence. The original section was built around 1697 and is a 1+1⁄2-story, timber-framed structure with a gable roof. Additions occurred through the early 20th century. Also on the property is a carriage house, caretaker's cottage, buttery, potting shed, formal gardens, and Thompson-Gardiner family cemetery.
The property was first patented to Stephanus Van Cortlandt (1643–1700), who built the original house. During the 18th through 20th centuries, it was owned by the prominent Thompson and Gardiner families. The manor functioned for a time during the American Revolution as local headquarters for British forces under General Sir Henry Clinton. In 1790, George Washington recorded in his diary an overnight stop at "Squire Thompson's" during his tour of Long Island. It is operated by The Sagtikos Manor Historical Society and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Robert David Lion Gardiner inherited the property in the 1930 and allowed the newly created Sagtikos Manor Historical Society to use the property in 1964.
In 2012 the Historical Society sued the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. They argued that Gardiner had intended that part of his estate should go to support the maintenance of the property. However, since his will did not specifically name the Society, the courts ruled the Society did not have standing, could not even request an audit of the Foundation's finances. The Society had been looking for $65,000 per year.
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  • We arrived for a tour of this lovely historic site and were met by two well dressed victorian ladies. We hung on every word and learned how this "manor" grew from a very small 17th century farmstead.....  more
    We arrived for a tour of this lovely historic site and were met by two well dressed victorian ladies. We hung on every word and learned how this "manor" grew from a very small 17th century farmstead.....  more »
  • We enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal about some of our first ladies! Remember the ladies! The docents are wonderful and well versed. It put us right in the holiday spirit. Such a great... 
    We enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal about some of our first ladies! Remember the ladies! The docents are wonderful and well versed. It put us right in the holiday spirit. Such a great...  more »
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  • They have outdoor antique fairs periodically that I enjoy attending. Always seem to find some treasure to take home.
  • Just be careful when your driving it haunted but from what I reading but there not like other legends where sprits try to kill you and stuff but maybe someone can help these sprit let them find peace or something

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