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Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor opens to public
Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the most intact plantation house north of the Mason-Dixon Line, will be opening its doors and grounds to the public this weekend for its fourth annual Plant & Sing Arts & Food Festival, which runs from Oct. 7 to 9.
The house, which is said to be the oldest Georgian home on Long Island and Shelter Island, has been a private residence since it was built in 1735, and the property has been in the same family since 1652.
Rarely open to the public, the 10,000-square-foot mansion at 80 N. Ferry Rd. was renovated in 1909 by Henry Bacon, the architect responsible for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Bacon’s renovation added expansive porches, columns and masonry to the existing structure.
Visitors to the estate this weekend will be allowed to tour parts of the house, which is currently home to the manor’s creative director, Bennett Konesni, and three others, all of whom are in the process of turning the entire estate into a nonprofit educational facility.
Pictured above: Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island