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Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island

Take a photo tour of Sylvester Manor, the Shelter Island plantation where African-American slaves labored alongside Native-American and European servants a century before the American Revolution. The manor is a candidate to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Gunnar Wissemann, building and grounds manager, replaces loose
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Gunnar Wissemann, building and grounds manager, replaces loose stone from the 17th century cobblestone pavement unearthed by archaeologists from the University of Massachusetts. Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, seen Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, is a 1737 manor house, believed to be the earliest Georgian home on the East End. The side porches were a 1908 addition.

Cornelia Horsford's bedroom at Sylvester Manor in Shelter
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Cornelia Horsford's bedroom at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Attic treasures at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island,
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Attic treasures at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Ticking dress from the 1940s in the attic
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Ticking dress from the 1940s in the attic at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

A wedding hat from the 19th century attic
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A wedding hat from the 19th century attic at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The attic toward the back where the slaves
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The attic toward the back where the slaves lived at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The
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The "Poet's Room" where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow slept when he visited Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island each summer. The Horsfords had many connections to the Cambridge cultural and intellectual elite. Seen Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The main living room at Sylvester Manor in
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The main living room at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Meghan Feldmeier prepares peppers grown on the farm
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Meghan Feldmeier prepares peppers grown on the farm to be frozen for a farm Thanksgiving feast, at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, the 1737 manor
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Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, the 1737 manor house believed to be the earliest Georgian on the East End. The side porches were a 1908 addition, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

A 1672 English marine cannon dug up in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A 1672 English marine cannon dug up in 1951. The cannons were used to protect against pirates at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Gardners Creek, the site of the garden where
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Gardners Creek, the site of the garden where slaves apparently grew their own food separate from the family at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

At the
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At the "Burying Ground of the Colored People of the Manor Since 1651," this commemorative stone was placed by 19th century Sylvesters in 1884. Possibly in use as a cemetery by Native Americans prior to European arrival. The burial ground became the final resting place of 200 enslaved, indentured and freed laborers at the manor at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Sheep graze on the farm at Sylvester Manor
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Sheep graze on the farm at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Isabel Parkey, left, Stephanie Fong and Mary Hillemier
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Isabel Parkey, left, Stephanie Fong and Mary Hillemier pick late-season flowers to sell at the farm stand at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

At the
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

At the "Burying Ground of the Colored People of the Manor Since 1651," this comemmorative stone was placed by 19th century Sylvesters in 1884. The burying ground became the final resting place of 200 enslaved, indentured and freed laborers at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Historic Preservation Coordinator Maura Doyle pauses on the
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Historic Preservation Coordinator Maura Doyle pauses on the "Ladies Walk" in the Monet Garden with the manor house and creek in the distance at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

An 1880s garden pool, given to the Sylvester
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An 1880s garden pool, given to the Sylvester family by noted botanist Asa Gray. Gray also had planted the enormous Cooper Beach that graces the creek bed at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The Windmill Field farm at Sylvester Manor in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Windmill Field farm at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The barn complex containing three barns from the
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The barn complex containing three barns from the 19th century and early 20th centuries at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Steps to the Dutch garden, with a view
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Steps to the Dutch garden, with a view of a 19th century marble statue in the former rose garden at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

The former rose garden, first laid out in
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The former rose garden, first laid out in geometric beds by Cornelia Horsford in 1908. Plans for garden restoration are now in the works at Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

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