[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meet the women who lived and worked at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island over the last three centuries. Through Wednesday, November 15, the working educational farm will offer private, guided tours of the Manor House to view an exhibition of portrait paintings and photographs. A range of early photography from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids are on display, offering a unique insight as well to the history of photography as experience in one setting. Take in the images and stories of several Sylvester family descendants, and working women both enslaved and free, that spent their years in the Manor House and on the grounds.
Established in 1652, Sylvester Manor served as a provisional plantation for the Barbadian sugar trade. Farming still plays an important role today as the non-profit aims to bring sustainable agricultural practices back to Shelter Island. Many historic structures remain on the 243-acre property, including the 1737 Manor House.