Gardiner County Park
West Bay Shore, Islip, Suffolk County
Take the Roibert Moses Cause south and get off at exit C2 onto Montauk Highway (Route 27A) east; drive 0.75 of a mile to the entrance on the right.
Original property of Suffolk's first non-native landowners.
It became part of the historic Sagtikos Manor Estate.
Sagtikos Manor Estate (north side of Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore)
In 1692 -- From the Secatogue Indians, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the first native-born mayor of New York City, purchases 1,200 acres extending from the Great South Bay to the middle of Long Island. He built a manor house that same year, naming it “Sagtikos,” an Indian word meaning “snake that hisses.”
1758 -- Sagtikos Manor passes into the possession of the Thompson and
Revolutionary War -- British General Sir Henry Clinton and his officers quarter at the Manor.
1790 -- George Washington stays in the mansion while touring Long Island.
1976 -- The mansion is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The mansion is open to the public.
Sources: Cynthia Blair (http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)
old fields, second growth woods, marsh
Facilities and Activities:
Nature trails, hiking, jogging in this nature-oriented public park on the Great South Bay.
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)