Sagtikos Manor – West Bay Shore, NY

On July 31, 2008 I visited Sagtikos Manor for the first time. What a lovely experience – knowledgeable volunteers, and a first class collection! The Manor house itself has been added on to, so it is an amalgamation of styles, but I would say it is Colonial and Dutch Colonial.

1902 Addition, 1697 House and 1772 Addition

1902 Addition, 1697 House and 1772 Addition

The Manor has 42 rooms inside and is so large on the outside, that I could not back up far enough to get the whole house in one picture. From where I was standing to take the above picture, I moved towards the front of the house.

1697 House and 1772 Addition

1697 House and 1772 Addition

This picture is of the 1697 House and 1772 Addition. The second staircase in the background leads to the 1902 Parlor Addition.

1902 Parlor Addition

1902 Parlor Addition

The tour of the Manor House started here. If there is such a thing as an architectural surprise, the Parlor behind this door is it.

1902 Addition - Side View

1902 Addition - Side View

There were two additions added to the Manor in 1902, one at each end of the house. Both were done by noted architect Issac Green. This is the larger of the two additions. The original 1697 house is around the corner and behind the tree on the Right side of the photo.

1902 Addition From Rear of property

1902 Addition From Rear of property

On the left hand side of this photo, in the background, you can also see the other 1902 Parlor Addition at the other of the house.

Back Side of Manor with Buttery

Back Side of Manor with Buttery

The Buttery dates to 1697 and has delft tiles on it . The tiles are from the first owner of the property, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the first native born Mayor of New York City.

Buttery with Delft Tiles

Buttery with Delft Tiles

Also on the property, is a Stable and Caretaker’s Cottage.

Stable and Caretakers Cottage

Stable and Caretaker's Cottage

There is also a cemetery for the Thompson-Gardiner Family on the property.

Thompson-Gardiner Family Graveyard 1

Thompson-Gardiner Family Graveyard 1

Looking in another direction.

Thompson-Gardiner Family Graveyard 2

Thompson-Gardiner Family Graveyard 2

I loved the detail of the cemetery fence and gate……

Detail - Cemetery Fence and Gate

Detail - Cemetery Fence and Gate

Next to the Family Cemetery is the formal garden, which is walled and in ruins. There are only a few plants and sculptures left in the garden, but you can tell that it must have been beautiful in its day.

Garden Statue - Detail

Garden Statue - Detail

Not too far from this statue is the Potting Shed.

Potting Shed

Potting Shed

An empty niche in the formal, walled garden.

Empty Niche - Formal Walled Garden

Empty Niche - Formal Walled Garden

In the center of the Walled Garden is a Peacock Fountain. It is in the process of being restored – Its pieces were found scattered on the property.

Peacock Fountain

Peacock Fountain

It is said that the Family was very fond of Peacocks. It is a recurring decorative motif in the Manor House. Just outside the walled garden is an arbor.

Garden Arbor

Garden Arbor

The walled garden needs to be restored. There is only one rose bush left in it. This last picture gives one an idea of what could be here.

Looking Towards the Manor House from the Walled Garden

Looking Towards the Manor House from the Walled Garden

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10 responses to “Sagtikos Manor – West Bay Shore, NY

  1. Lawrence Frances Abrahamsen

    In the early 50’s My father was the President of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce. He and my mother organized some sort of fund raiser involving Sagticose Manor. Tours were to be given in period costume. We were invited to the manor and Mr Gardiner took a fancy to me taking me on a tour all over the manor including secret doors leading to attic rooms with indian headdresses and in the garden the burial site of an Indian Princess. There was also a hanging tree and much more. Mr. gardiner insisted I be in costume for the event and provided the attire. I remember on the day falling down a curved staircase. I made such an impression Mr. Gardiner asked my parents if he could adopt me. They of course declined, yet I wonder what it would have been like.

  2. Barbara Abrahamsen

    I too remeber Mr. Gardiner, he was also fond of me, He took my kindergarden class on a field trip to his Island and South Hampton property. It was strange and a bit scarey but we ate our lunch in the cemetary. I also remeber the checkerboard floor in the jail on the island, and Captain cooks hanging tree. I would run into Mr. gardiner many times over my youger life, While in school or working at the Gardiners Mall, He would always remember me and ask how our family was. People would always say how mean he was, not to me, just a little exentric. Thank YOu Lionel for akll the great memories,

  3. C T D

    I was pleasantly surprised to come across this article. I am a board of trustee and volunteer docent at Sagtikos Manor. The Manor and its history are truly unique. But what piqued my interest was your commentary about the grounds around the Manor. Your sensitivity to the garden and its “moment of grandeur” was quite insightful. Flowers abounded! Beautiful gardens existed not only within the wall but flanking the east and west boundaries of the property. Pea gravel walkways and paths highlighted with statuary, birdhouses, a pergola and a weather station provided structural interest. The Friends of the Manor Gardens is a group working hard to restore some of that beauty… but the going is painfully slow. Thank you for noticing.

  4. C T D

    Also please note that we do have a website. Sagtikosmanor.org

  5. Please note the new website. Sagtikosmanor.com. The gardens are being worked on. The docents who give you a tour of the Manor are well versed in the history of the Manor and the history of the family that lived there. The Gardiner-Thompson family owned the Manor for over two hundred years. The Manor is furnished with many antiques that the family acquired throughout the years. Tthe tour captures a feeling of stepping back in time much as visiting other historic sites such as Williamsburg.

  6. Good page. i will visit again.

  7. Hello! I have visited your blog on numerous occasions and left a message a time or two. I just wanted to make you aware that I included 2 of your pictures from you blog on Sagtikos Manor on my own blog. I have linked them back to your fabulous blog for others to view. I do hope this agreeable to you. Should you have any concern I will gladly take them down. You have some of the best pictures of Sagtikos that I have seen on the internet! Great job! Thanks! Annmarie

  8. Naomi Groont Doudera

    Anyone can come visit Sagtikos Manor, Please do come
    Naomi, docent at Sagtikos Manor

  9. carla

    Sagtikos Manor is a very unique historic home. A lot of historic homes have period rooms because by the time it became a museum usually everything has been auctioned off or destroyed. There are so many items here it feels like the family could come home at any moment. also the family grave yard is in the back. So the house has a certain feel to it. Just for fun we did evp recordings and to my surprise there were voices on there in response to my questions. A womens voice answered yes when I asked if it was cold and dark where they were and answered very when asked if they were unhappy. I do not really believe in ghosts per say but after so many years and so many people living there lives hear just maybe they’re energy could still be connected.

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