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06/16/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The interior of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The interior of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel.

A good rule of thumb is never to sit across the table from someone called “Honest John” when he’s dealing cards.

But John French, a 19th century builder who did extensive work in Brooklyn — including the Brooklyn Academy of Music — came by his nickname, well, honestly. He was known by his contemporaries for “mixing mortar with conscience,” according to an article in the Republican Watchman of 1876. (more…)

03/06/16 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Havens House, headquarters of the Shelter Island Historical Society on South Ferry Road.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Havens House, headquarters of the Shelter Island Historical Society on South Ferry Road.

I had tour of the Havens House last week. It is a fascinating place. Managed by the Shelter Island Historical Society, this 18th century building is home to Island artifacts spanning almost three centuries. (more…)

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07/16/15 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO  Havens House is not mortgaged, according to Shelter Island Historical Society Executive Director Nanette Breiner Lawrenson.

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Havens House is not mortgaged, according to Shelter Island Historical Society Executive Director Nanette Breiner Lawrenson.

Three trustees of the Shelter Island Historical Society have resigned, maintaining they wouldn’t support what they viewed as mortgaging the future of Havens House and its surrounding property. (more…)