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The campaign desk in the office belonged to John Thompson, customs officer for the Port of New York. (May 28, 2013)

Keepers of yesteryear

Volunteers of the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society have been working for the past 50 years to restore the home and its contents.

Christine Gottsch is president of the Sagtikos Manor
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Christine Gottsch is president of the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society, which has been working for the past 50 years to restore the Bay Shore home and its contents. The home was once occupied by the Gardiner family. (May 28, 2013)

Faye Meurer, Christine Gottsch and Norma Mede, docents
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Faye Meurer, Christine Gottsch and Norma Mede, docents at Sagtikos Manor, wear period costume as they place a silk damask dress that is believed to have belonged to Mrs. Robert D. L. Gardiner on a dress model in the 1902 music room. (May 28, 2013)

The campaign desk in the office belonged to
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The campaign desk in the office belonged to John Thompson, customs officer for the Port of New York. (May 28, 2013)

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Norma Meder, a docent in period costume, holds
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Norma Meder, a docent in period costume, holds a colonial toaster in the 1697 kitchen. (May 28, 2013)

A table in the 1697 Van Cortlandt parlor
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A table in the 1697 Van Cortlandt parlor is attributed to Duncan Phyfe. (May 28, 2013)

A silver tureen designed by Charles Tiffany, the
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A silver tureen designed by Charles Tiffany, the father of Louis Comfort Tiffany, is monogrammed with a T for its owner, Mary Gardiner Thompson. (May 28, 2013)

In the 1902 proprietor's chamber is a Cheval
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In the 1902 proprietor's chamber is a Cheval mirror, a trunk belonging to Frederick Diodati Thompson and a hat belonging to Robert David Lion Gardiner. (May 28, 2013)

Maria Pecorale, a docent dressed in Victorian period
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Maria Pecorale, a docent dressed in Victorian period costume, poses in the 1902 proprietor's chamber. (May 28, 2013)

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A musketball hole from the American Revolution can
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A musketball hole from the American Revolution can be seen in the attic stairway. Sagtikos Manor was used by the British Army while occupying Long Island. (May 28, 2013)

A dress on display in 1902 peacock dining
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A dress on display in 1902 peacock dining room belonged to Alexandra Creel, a sister of Robert D. L. Gardiner. (May 28, 2013)

Eileen Curran, a docent at Sagtikos Manor, dressed
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Eileen Curran, a docent at Sagtikos Manor, dressed in period costume, is shown in the 1902 peacock dining room. (May 28, 2013)

George Washington is said to have slept here
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George Washington is said to have slept here on April 21, 1790, while on a presidential tour of Long Island. (May 28, 2013)

From left: Docents Faye Meurer, Christine Gottsch, Maria
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From left: Docents Faye Meurer, Christine Gottsch, Maria Pecorale, Eileen Curran and Norma Meder. (May 28, 2013)

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