02/20/19 2:00pm

COURTESY SYLVESTER MANOR
Julia Dyd Havens Johnson, ca. 1884, Manor housekeeper for over 40 years and the last known person to be buried in the Burying Ground.

In 1652, an Englishman named Nathaniel Sylvester sailed with his wife Grizzell from his family’s sugar plantation in Barbados and landed on Shelter Island. He, along with his brother and two other investors, had purchased the Island from an English aristocrat to create an 8,000-acre estate as a “provisioning plantation,” servicing the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

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04/08/14 4:50pm
COURTESY PHOTO |  In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during a 47 day crossing in a Shelter Island-built rowboat are four of the rowers who set a Guinness World record.

COURTESY PHOTO |
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during a 47 day crossing in a Shelter Island-built rowboat are four of the rowers who set a Guinness World record.

David Davlianidze was in the middle of the ocean somewhere in the middle of a three-day storm. Waves as high as three-story buildings were tossing his boat as if it had already been smashed to floating debris. He knew, as did the other 15 onboard, that their lives were literally hanging by threads — the tethers tying them to the deck. (more…)