Mourning at Sagtikos Manor
“Ghosts” of the estate’s former occupants, Isaac Thompson (Joseph Bentivegna), Mary Gardiner (Donna Devine) and Elizabeth Havens Thompson (Olivia Hargraves).

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Mourning at Sagtikos Manor

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/11/2018


SUFFOLK COUNTY—Revolutionary War soldiers marched to dirges from the mansion to the cemetery on the grounds of Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore last Sunday as the funeral cortege of Judge Isaac Thompson was reenacted. The Sagtikos Manor Historical Society sponsored the event, which coincided with the annual Fall Festival.

Crowds gathered around to follow the procession to the entrance of the centuries-old burial ground, the resting place for generations of the Gardiner and Thompson families. During the revolution, Judge Thompson, a Patriot, endured years of British occupation of his home. After the war, he hosted an overnight visit by then-President George Washington, who thanked him for his part in the war effort.

On Sunday, the manor, now owned by Suffolk County, was dressed up inside in the traditions of Georgian and Victorian mourning. Outside, colonial games for kids and crafts were held on the great lawn, as well as demonstrations of sheep shearing, cooking, broom making, and the work of an artful tinsmith.

The 3rd NY Regiment of the American Revolution, a colonial reenactment group, held an encampment that gave visitors a glimpse into what life on the battlefield was like at the time of that war.

Beyond the iron gate of the cemetery, Judge Larry Donohue provided a brief history of the departed souls there and introduced three reenactors who offered insight as to their life and death at the estate.