Two Pratt brothers — now senior citizens — will unite at the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center tonight and Saturday, coming back to their grandparents’ Gold Coast home, where they played in the backyard as boys.
Their return is part of the 1910 mansion’s 100th anniversary celebration. Tonight Ted and Andy Pratt, from Maryland and Massachusetts respectively, will participate in a private dinner for about 80 guests at the mansion, attended by local historians, clients of what is now the hotel and conference center, and the mayor of Glen Cove, Ralph Suozzi.
On Saturday, the brothers will be part of the estate’s open house from noon to 4 p.m., during with the public is invited to bring their families for an afternoon of games of the bygone era such as horseshoes and croquet, swimming in the original mansion pool, and tours of the mansion’s interior. It’s all free, and includes food and non-alcoholic drinks. The festivities will end with an old-fashioned game of tug of war.
The Glen Cove mansion is one of five mansions built in the area by the family of patriarch Charles Pratt, a founder of Standard Oil. Charles’ son John Pratt lived with his wife, Ruth Baker Pratt, at the Glen Cove mansion. Ted and Andy are their grandchildren, sons of John and Ruth’s son Edwin.