Falling into history
WEST BAY SHORE—A steady stream of visitors wandered onto the grounds of the Suffolk County-owned Sagtikos Manor last Sunday for the annual Fall Festival, which is run by the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society. They toured the centuries-old mansion before meandering through a number of historic stations that offered a glimpse of how the season was celebrated in times past.
Craftsmen were on hand to offer demonstrations in colonial broom-making, tanning, and a blacksmith kept a fire going as he hammered out metal charms. Reenactors from the 3rd Regiment 1775 set up camp and offered history lessons up close. They demonstrated colonial-style cooking, the firing of a musket, and one gave tours of the estate’s cemetery, where the burial customs and traditions of yesteryear were described. Colonial games, an old-fashioned romp for kids in open haystacks, pumpkin face painting and historical music offered even more entertainment.
Tim Fitall, with the Central Islip-based group, Sumpwams Creek, provided a nice backdrop of historic music. Fitall said the group is always happy to play at the event. “This is one of the few [historic] places we come to that actually had British occupation,” he said. During part of the Revolutionary War, the manor served as headquarters for the British forces under General Sir Henry Clinton.
Lisa Jaren, den mother for Cub Scout Troop 38 in Islip Terrace, said it was the first time the scouts came to the event as a group.
“We love it here,” she said, noting that it satisfied the scouts’ history requirement to receive a patch this year.
Alyssa Gesimondo and her 3-year-old daughter, Samantha, had come from Farmingdale dressed in colonial attire she had sewn for them both. “I love the 18th century,” noted Alyssa, adding she had just joined the reenactment group there that day. “I want to learn more about [that time in history].”
There is a lot of history to learn at Sagtikos Manor. The house and grounds, which are located on Montauk Highway, are only open seasonally from June through September. However, their next event there will be Christmas at Sagtikos on Dec. 9 and 10.
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