Shelter Island, NY: The first Community Open House Day will take place at Sylvester Manor on Saturday, July 13. The community is invited to explore the historic grounds and gardens of Sylvester Manor; take a self-guided house tour of the 2019 exhibition All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed. A History of Three Cultures at Sylvester Manor, featuring the return of previously excavated artifacts; walk through the woodlands with a visiting naturalist from Mashomack Preserve; experience a traditional wigwam built by members of the Shinnecock Nation; reflect at the Burying Ground of the Colored People and the Quaker Cemetery; and learn more about the past, present and future of Sylvester Manor.
Spaces will be available for the community to share memories of the Manor during the Alice and Andrew Fiske years. Past Sylvester Manor alumni, farmers, guests and anyone else with a connection to the Manor are invited to share their stories as well. According to Donnamarie Barnes, archivist/curator at Sylvester Manor, “Because this years exhibit All That Has Been reflects the archaeology, and the origins of Sylvester Manor and Shelter Island, it’s important to have the community participate, share, enjoy and contribute to telling the stories of all the people of Shelter Island.”
About Sylvester Manor Educational Farm: Once a Native American hunting and fishing ground, Sylvester Manor has since 1652 been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family. Over time, the place has been transformed from a slaveholding provisioning plantation to an Enlightenment-era farm, then to a pioneering food industrialist’s estate and today to an organic educational farm responsive to, and supported by, our neighbors and friends worldwide. In light of this history, we envision a farm, a community, and a world where people celebrate food, arts, and inventiveness in the everyday, with a spirit of fairness and joy. For more information, visit www.sylvestermanor.org.