Location: Mill Neck
Built for: Lillian Sefton Dodge
Architect: Clinton & Russell
Guided Tours: Yes
Sefton Manor is now the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. It is a Tudor Revival house built in 1923 for Lillian Sefton Thomas Dodge. Every October they host an apple festival when the school is open to the public. This is a great event. There are many booths to browse and of course there are the apples, apples, apples and apple cider.
You can also walk the grounds and go inside the mansion. Perched on a hill, the mansion looks like the perfect English country house. This isn't one of the bigger mansions, but feels very comfortable and livable. Inside, you can hang out in the spacious, but homey living room with an incredible fireplace and also view some other rooms. The plaster ceilings are amazing. Another feature is the five stained glass windows at the first landing of the main stairs. Each pane represents scenes from Shakespeare plays. Try to figure out which ones. They offer 90 minute tours now that take place once a month. Make a reservation and go on this tour. You won't be disappointed. It is filled with interesting facts about the family and house and snacks and refreshments are served afterwards in the dining room. make sure to stop for a glimpse of the 500 year old entry doors.
Outside, you can walk through the bronze gates to the formal gardens that feature several stone gazebos or temples. Landscape architect Charles Leavitt arranged the sunken garden as a sundial radiating from a central fountain. Supposedly, someone speaking from the Temple of the Midday Sun could be heard speaking throughout the garden from that one spot. You can also see some of the other outbuildings including the dairy barn. And don't forget to take in the view from the rear terrace.
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