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Island Spirits, a new column by Susan Carey Dempsey, debuts.
Among the many joys of living on our sheltered island, between the North and South Forks, are the fine vineyards that have burgeoned on the East End over the last four decades. Having learned how to take full advantage of our climate for growing grapes, the winemakers have continued to develop products that can stand on their own, not pale imitations of well-known wines from other regions.
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Stephen Searl, Sylvester Manor’s executive director, and Tracy McCarthy, the organization’s director of operations, in front of the Manor House.
Over the next several days, leading to the New Year, the Reporter will be posting our annual Year In Review series of important stories from 2018.
Early in 2018, the Reporter profiled Stephen Searl, the new executive director and Tracy McCarthy, director of operations. (more…)
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Alfred Tuthill in Peconic Bay, 1949 in a catboat, the scallopers’ vessel of choice at the time.
One offshoot of running a company that’s been in the shellfish business for 90 years is aquatic and historical clutter. Ken Homan’s office at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue is an archive of shellfishing ephemera and Native American history, a collection that feels like a room at the American Museum of Natural History. (more…)
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Stephen Searl beside Gardiner’s Creek at Sylvester Manor.
Pre-Revolutionary-era houses held by the same family, and largely un-renovated are scarce on the East End of Long Island.
The fact that Stephen Searl, executive director of Sylvester Manor, grew up in one and now has his office in another testifies to his commitment to preserving the history, the land and the resources of the East End. (more…)
How old is the Old House in Cutchogue?
This handsome home, which sits on the Village Green, has long been believed to be part of Budd and Horton family lore, dating back to the founding of Southold Town.
It is said to have been built in Hashamomuck in the late 1640s, just a few years after Europeans settled the town, pushing aside the Native people who had lived here for 10,000 years, and to have been moved to Cutchogue sometime later. (more…)