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The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island (Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

The Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, a nonprofit organic farm and arts and education center, is the latest incarnation of a 361-year-old property that was not only one of the first slave plantations in the Northeast, but also the largest farm of its kind in the region.

A cobblestone pathway unearthed at Sylvester Manor (Undated)
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

A cobblestone pathway unearthed at Sylvester Manor (Undated)

Nathaniel Sylvester Manor
(Credit: Newsday file photo / Bill Davis)

Nathaniel Sylvester Manor

Nathaniel Sylvester Homestead (Sylvester Manor) on Shelter Island,
(Credit: Gordon Grant)

Nathaniel Sylvester Homestead (Sylvester Manor) on Shelter Island, the site of an archaeological dig being undertaken by Dr. Stephen Mrozowski and a group of undergraduates from Boston University

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Lee Priddy, one of the Boston University undergraduates
(Credit: Gordon Grant)

Lee Priddy, one of the Boston University undergraduates working at the archaeological dig at the Nathaniel Sylvester Homestead (Sylvester Manor) on Shelter Island

Dr. Steve Mrozowski explains the site of the
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Dr. Steve Mrozowski explains the site of the dig to local residents.

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the most intact
(Credit: Handout)

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.

Mac Griswold, left, and project historian Alice Fiske
(Credit: Kathryn Osler)

Mac Griswold, left, and project historian Alice Fiske look over the maps, documents and photographs at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island.

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

The Poets Room at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

The Poets Room at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
(Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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Creek Iversen, a lead grower at Sylvester Manor,
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Creek Iversen, a lead grower at Sylvester Manor, makes furrows in a field using a hand tool. (May 6, 2011)

Some of the artifacts found at the archaeological
(Credit: Gordon Grant)

Some of the artifacts found at the archaeological dig at the Nathaniel Sylvester Homestead (Sylvester Manor) on Shelter Island

Archaeology students excavate the grounds of Sylvester Manor.
(Credit: Handout)

Archaeology students excavate the grounds of Sylvester Manor. (Undated)

The windmill at Sylvester Manor sits near the
(Credit: Handout)

The windmill at Sylvester Manor sits near the field where crops are grown and sold at the farmers market. (Undated)

Headstones mark the graves in the Quaker Cemetery
(Credit: Handout)

Headstones mark the graves in the Quaker Cemetery at Sylvester Manor. (Undated)

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