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The Seguine Mansion, also known as The Seguine-Burke Mansion, is located on Lemon Creek near the southern shore of Staten Island. The Greek Revival house is one of the few surviving examples of 19th Century life on Staten Island. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic House Trust.A visit to Seguine Mansion represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Staten Island trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
James Seguine is believed to have purchased property near Lemon Creek between 1780 and 1786, and his grandson Joseph H. Seguine built the house on the property in 1838. At the time, he added a hay barn, carriage house and stables. Joseph was a prominent businessman in the area, founding several companies including the Staten Island Railroad company. He died in 1856. In 1868, the family was forced to sell the house and land. In 1916, descendants were able to repurchase the house and it remained in the family until 1981.
In 1981 the house was in serious need of repair, and was sold to George Burke, who had previously restored other historic buildings in the community. Burke not only saved the building but also ensured that the property would not be subdivided. The renovation of the outside of the house took more than five years and sixty gallons of paint. Burke filled the house with his elaborate collection of art and furnishings, many acquired during his years in England after World War II, while he was in the Air Force. After restoring the house and establishing an equestrian center at the site, Burke donated the Seguine Mansion to the City of New York in 1989, and retains a life interest in the site.
The New York City Parks Department owns the house. Tours are scheduled by Friends of the Seguine Mansion, by appointment only. The Friends of Seguine Mansion is a not-for-profit (501C3) formed for the purpose to own, operate, manage, and do everything normally associated with conducting the business of fund-raising for the care and maintenance of the Seguine Mansion residence and grounds, together with the power to solicit grants and contributions for the corporate purposes.
Seguine Mansion reviews
Privately owned, owner has done much to restore the mansion. If the owner likes you he will personally take you on a tour. It is not generally open to the public. There is an active stable...
Privately owned, owner has done much to restore the mansion. If the owner likes you he will personally take you on a tour. It is not generally open to the public. There is an active stable... more »
Worth the trip to the other side of Staten Island. Very beautiful grounds and views. I hope the City of New York is able to keep it and start putting some money into it.
Worth the trip to the other side of Staten Island. Very beautiful grounds and views. I hope the City of New York is able to keep it and start putting some money into it. more »
Staten Island has a rich history, one too often overlooked by those living in the other four boroughs of New York City. Few realize, for instance, that some of the city's first millionaires were actually oyster barons from Staten Island or that one of the city's first and most lucrative exports back to merry old England and the continent were its massive oysters. I'll let you read what others have said about the fascinating history of the mansion and the man who preserved it and has willed it to the city. My experiences have been with the beautiful grounds surrounding the mansion. Seguine Mansion has served as the halfway point and overnight camping site for two different SI kayak circumnavigations I've been on. This required special permission of the home's owner. Recounting my first of two visits: After a very late night-time arrival, the group landed its kayaks at the nearby marina along Lemon Creek (last natural salt marsh estuary in the city) and made the short hike up to the yard of the mansion with camping gear. Tents go up and most of us, very tired after many hours navigating the Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill, Red Bank Reach and, finally, Princess Bay, collapsed into our tents and sleeping bags. The next morning I was awakened by the sound of horses galloping and neighing. Looking out my tent I see that beyond the yard's wooden fence is a beautiful open green field sloping gently southward to trees and beyond that the blue of Princess Bay and Raritan Bay. Right in front of me are two horses running free and playing in the field (it is the city parks department's only public stable and equestrian center). While I'm a native Southerner born and raised, I've lived in Hells Kitchen the last 20 years. This was an amazing way to awaken, no sounds of cabs or cars honking, just horses and----peacocks. Yes, the owner has a flock of peacocks. It is also a bit of a surreal place because walking out the front gate you see a very typical middle class suburban Staten Island neighborhood. You can, of course, get here by car or the Staten Island train + a walk. And I urge anyone that visits to walk over and see the deplorable state (as of this writing) of what is New York City's oldest standing home---at least some small part of it was built back in the late 1600s---a place most people have never heard of: the Manee-Seguine Homestead (I've had it added to Google Maps).
Ths Seguine Mansion, aka Twin Oaks Plantation, is a wonderful piece of local history. We love attending the seasonal parties.
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