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.
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | An osprey returning to its nest off Westmoreland Drive.
One of more dramatic signs of Island springtime is the return of these magnificent hawks, which winter as far afield as the Caribbean and South America.
Margaret Anne “Peg” McDermott Melanson, 97, a resident of Kirby Pines Nursing Home in Memphis, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2014. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | A sure sign of spring — a piping plover cruising over Shell Beach at sunset.
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…)