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Name:
Sylvester Manor
Phone:
6317490626
Address:
80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY, 11964, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

May 3, 2014

Photo Credit: 3rd NY Regiment

Open Hours: Living History at Sylvester Manor:  An Encampment of the 3rd New York Regiment of the Revolutionary War

1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor

Witness the daily life of revolutionary war soldiers and their camp-followers as interpreted by the Third New York Regiment reenactors, who recreate a unit who in 1775 included Shelter Island/Suffolk County during the War of Independence. The encampment recreates the daily life of soldiers in the late 18th-century, including food preparation, music, musket demonstrations, shoe and clothing repair, military drills and more.

The historic Manor House will be open for self-guided viewing during the program.  A docent will be on hand to answer questions.  Enter at 80 North Ferry Rd and park at the Manor House.

$5 per person. RSVP encouraged at info@sylvestermanor.org or 631.749.0626

Save the Date: The 3rd New York will also encamp at the Shelter Island Historical Society‘s One Day in History on August 2.

Start: May 3, 2014 1:00 pm
End: May 3, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

May 17, 2014

May 17, 1 pm Long Island Reads Book Event

Suffolk and Nassau County libraries visit Sylvester Manor and celebrate Mac Griswold’s book, “The Manor” — the 2014 Long Island Reads Book of the Year. Sign up through your local library.

The ManorTHE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

 

by Mac Griswold

THE MANOR is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister — as well as the tale of the family that has occupied it for three and a half centuries.

In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon a stately yellow country house and a garden guarded by hulking boxwoods. She instantly knew that boxwoods that large—twelve feet tall, fifteen feet wide—had to be hundreds of years old. So, as it happened, was the house; Sylvester Manor had been held in the same family for eleven generations.

Formerly encompassing all of Shelter Island, a pearl of 8,000 acres caught between the North and South forks of Long Island, the manor had dwindled to 243 acres. Still, its hidden vault proved to be full of revelations and treasures, including the 1666 charter for the land, and correspondence from Thomas Jefferson. Most notable was the short and steep flight of steps the family had called the “slave staircase,” which would provide clues to the extensive but little-known story of Northern slavery. Alongside a team of archaeologists, Griswold began a dig that would uncover a landscape bursting with stories.

Based on years of archival and field research, as well as voyages to Africa, the West Indies, and Europe, THE MANOR is at once an investigation into forgotten lives and a sweeping drama which captures our history in all its richness and suffering. It is a monumental achievement.

Mac GriswoldMac Griswold is a cultural landscape historian and the author of Washingtons Gardens at Mount Vernon and The Golden Age of American Gardens. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and has written for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Travel + Leisure. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

 

Start: May 17, 2014 1:00 pm
End: May 17, 2014 3:00 pm

May 24, 2014

May 24, 2-4 pm Sylvester Manor Members Open House

Support Sylvester Manor and enjoy house and grounds tours, hay wagon rides, roots music and refreshments on the porch. Watch for our membership mailing or donate at the event.

For more info about how to become a member, email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631.749.0626

Start: May 24, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 24, 2014 4:00 pm

June 14, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: June 14, 2014 1:00 pm
End: June 14, 2014 4:00 pm

July 2, 2014

July 2, 10 to 12 pm, Youth Programs Open Farm Day Orientation

Participants in our summer youth programs explore the farm and meet our summer staff

Learn more and sign up for our Youth Programs here

Start: July 2, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 2, 2014 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

July 5, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: July 5, 2014 1:00 pm
End: July 5, 2014 4:00 pm

July 18, 2014

July 18 & 19, 7 pm, Shakespeare at Sylvester Manor

Director Drew Foster brings his company for a unique outdoor performance.

Stay tuned for more details

Start: July 18, 2014 7:00 pm
End: July 18, 2014 7:00 pm

July 19, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: July 19, 2014 1:00 pm
End: July 19, 2014 4:00 pm

July 18 & 19, 7 pm, Shakespeare at Sylvester Manor

Director Drew Foster brings his company for a unique outdoor performance.

Stay tuned for more details

Start: July 19, 2014 7:00 pm
End: July 19, 2014 10:00 pm

August 2, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: August 2, 2014 1:00 pm
End: August 2, 2014 4:00 pm

August 2, 7pm, Contradance at the Manor

Kick up some fun at an outdoor dance for all, beginners welcome!

Dance Band: Edith & Bennett
Caller: Dave Harvey

East Enders have long celebrated the turning of the seasons with music and dancing in the barn. Sylvester Manor’s crew of farmer-musicians will rock into the night with fiddles and banjoes afire. This dance is open to all comers, no experience necessary. The contradance caller will lead us through moves that are as classic as they are comfortable. Ages 6-106 will have a great time.

Start: August 2, 2014 7:00 pm
End: August 2, 2014 11:00 pm

August 16, 2014

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August 16, 10am to 2 pm, En Plein Air workshop with Janet Jennings

Back by popular demand!

Join us on August 16 from 10am to 2pm for an en plein air workshop set on Sylvester Manor’s magnificent grounds. This small painting workshop is led by award-winning landscape painter Janet Jennings, who will help you capture the magic of island light using watercolor, oils or acrylic paint. Open to absolute beginners and accomplished painters. (Please bring own lunch, easels, chairs, paint materials, and insect repellant.)

Details and registration information coming soon

 

JANET JENNINGS: received her BFA from University of Dayton and attended The Dayton Art Institute and The Art Students League. In 1973, she moved to New York from Ohio and worked for Lawrence Rubin of Knoedler Contemporary Art. She joined Waverly Studios, an artists co-op located in Greenwich Village, where she explored Color Field painting. In 1979, she moved to Amagansett, where she was drawn to the light of the East End and switched her focus to landscape painting. Janet Jennings has taught painting to children and adults at The Art Barge, Guild Hall and The Parrish Art Museum. She has exhibited at numerous galleries on Long Island including Gallery North, Elaine Benson Gallery, Hampton Road Gallery, Pamela Williams Gallery, Mark Humphrey Gallery, Peter Marcelle Gallery, Glen Horowitz Gallery and Lizan Tops Gallery.

Start: August 16, 2014 10:00 am
End: August 16, 2014 2:00 pm

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: August 16, 2014 1:00 pm
End: August 16, 2014 4:00 pm

August 30, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: August 30, 2014 1:00 pm
End: August 30, 2014 4:00 pm

September 13, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: September 13, 2014 1:00 pm
End: September 13, 2014 4:00 pm

September 27, 2014

GUIDED HOUSE TOURS & SELF GUIDED GROUNDS TOURS
1 PM – 4 PM at Sylvester Manor
Saturdays: June 14, July 5, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 27
Special Open hours on April 12 and May 3

Enjoy the grounds or reserve your spot on a guided house tour
Call the office at 749-0626 or email info@sylvestermanor.org

We welcome in the community to visit the historic Shelter Island homestead featured in NewsdayThe New York TimesPreservation Magazine and on the BBC.  All are welcome, but reservations are required for house tours. Email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631 749-0626 to schedule. The grounds will also be open for self-guided tours during this time.

Start: September 27, 2014 1:00 pm
End: September 27, 2014 4:00 pm