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Sagtikos Manor
Open: July - August, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun, 1pm - 3:30pm (Last Tour) Admission: Adults $7 Seniors $5 Children $3


In 1692 Richard Van Cortland purchased the land from the Secatogue Indians and built the first house
Originally it was a small two story with an add on kitchen


The first floor had four rooms and there were three bedrooms on the second floor
To the left of the entrance was the parlor with its wide Dutch fireplace
The wall paper is French and is a printed pattern that tricks the eye to think its raised
There were no fireplaces on the second floor and the bed warmer would be heated in the parlor fire for the beds


To the rear of the parlor is the bake room where bread would be prepared
The chair in the bottom left corner was made specially for women to sit and nit in


The kitchen too had a large Dutch fireplace for cooking.
The long metal bar in the rear swung forward for adding and removing pots and could lock over the fire


This is the original kitchen from the 1698 house.

When Richard Van Cortland died in 1700 the family sold the property to Timothy Carll of Huntington who added more land
Jonathan Thompson purchased the 1200 acres in 1758 and gave it to his son Isaac when he married Mary Gardiner


Isaac Thompson added the rooms to the right of the door and the dormer rooms to the top after 1758


The new addition became known as the Gardiner Parlor
All of the woodwork and paint are original to c.1758
The paint was tested and said to be made from a base of butter milk
Unlike the large Dutch fireplaces of the original 1698 house this smaller fireplace reflects English design


This corner china cabinet contains fine tea sets that the Thompson's gave as gifts from their tea company.
The tea pots were cast here and then sent to China to be painted

Isaac Thompson became a judge and was a major part of Islip politics before an after the Revolutionary War


From 1778 - 1785 Sir General Henry Clinton was the commander of all British forces in North America
During the American Revolution the British occupied Sagtikose Manor and General Clinton stayed upstairs.

Late one evening while Mr. Thompson was holding a candle and looking out an upstairs window a soldier took it as a
signal and fired. The bullet broke the window and just missed him becoming logged in the wall of the attic stairwell.


In 1790 while visiting Long Island George Washington slept here across the hall from General Clinton's room
The Thompson family divided up all the furniture in the room after Washington left and nothing is original

 

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