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.
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Movies at the Library keeps the loving coming beyond V-Day with a screening of”Romancing the Stone.”
This one’s just for fun. A “rom-com” as it’s called in the business (aka romantic comedy) well suited to the proximity of Valentine’s Day. (more…)