Patton Burgess was one of the caretakers of Fablehaven, taking control of the preserve in 1878 at the age of 28, inheriting the position from his maternal grandfather. He was born in 1850 and died in 1941. During his years at the preserve, he became fairystruck, thanks to the guidance of his favorite aunt, Ephira prior to her descent into darkness. He also lured a naiad, Lena Burgess, out of the water to marry him, thus becoming her husband. He managed Fablehaven for 51 years before passing it down to a young nephew. After that, he lived another 12 years, dying at the age of 91.
His favorite place to go was the pond, and he would gaze at the naiads for hours. They would try to tease him down to the water's edge in order to drown him. But even though he would sometimes go near or made it look like he would jump in, he always stayed out of reach. He began to pay special attention to a particular nymph, and even asking for her by name. He began to pay little notice to the other naiads, and when his favorite would not show up, he left early. He became fixated on her, and built a boathouse and constructed a sturdy rowboat that could not be tipped over so he could watch the naiads more closely. He started to persuade his favorite naiad to leave the water and join him on the land, but she was hesitant because to leave the water meant mortality. This went on for more than three years and he courted her with poems, stories, and music, played on his violin. One day in the month of March, he got careless and go too close to the water while talking to his favorite, and was pulled into he pond by the other naiads to be drowned. They dragged him towards the bottom of the pond to put him with their collection of mortal victims, but this was more than his favorite could bear. She has grown fond of Patton and did not consider his death an amusement. She fought off her sisters and returned him to the shore. The naiad left the pond that day, consequently becoming mortal to stay with Patton.
In his lifetime, he built the new house, barn, and stables, all of which are still in use. He built the boathouse at the pond, and he constructed a broad, sturdy rowboat so he could go out on the water and be closer to Lena. He saved the ogres from themselves by negotiating the end of an ancient feud. He erected the glass domes around the property, which serve as safe rooms in some of the most dangerous part of Fablehaven. He also mastered 6 magical languages and used them to build links with many of the creatures.
He is mentioned in books one and two, but does not formally appear until the third book when Seth, with the aid of the Chronometer, inadvertently brings him through time to the present. Patton quickly learns of the plight Fablehaven is in with the shadow plague and he knows he only has three days to help save the preserve from being overtaken by the plague. In those three days Patton duels with a centaur, easily convinces Lena to leave the naiad pond again, and battles the dark creatures to defeat Ephira, his favorite aunt, who was once a hamadryad, Kurisock and the shadow plague. Patton revealed that he had defeated the dragon Ranticus by giving him some dragons-bane, and that he was fairystruck. Patton buried Lena at the pond before returning to his own time. He told Kendra that the Journal of Secrets was his personal journal that he wrote in with the special Umite crayon, indicating that he would be sending Kendra messages from the past. In Keys to the Demon Prison he is visited by Kendra, Grandma, Grandpa and Warren when they use the Chronometer. He also leaves a message in a bottle for Seth that helps him get Vaslis the sword of light and darkness.
He was quite good looking, and wore a mustache.