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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03/28/14 12:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | A sure sign of spring — a piping plover cruising over Shell Beach at sunset.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | A sure sign of spring — a piping plover cruising over Shell Beach at sunset.

Visible signs

If nothing else, the winter of 2013-2014 has provided us with endless small talk openings to more substantial conversations. But even though the calendar says it’s been spring for a week, you could’ve fooled us, although this weekend holds some promise. (more…)