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Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

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)
Photo Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley

A cobblestone pathway unearthed at Sylvester Manor (Undated)

Nathaniel Sylvester Manor
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Nathaniel Sylvester Manor

Nathaniel Sylvester Homestead (Sylvester Manor) on Shelter Island,
Photo 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

Lee Priddy, one of the Boston University undergraduates
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the most intact
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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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Steve Gross and Susan Daley

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

The upstairs hallway at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

The Poets Room at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

Cornelia's bedroom at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

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

The East Parlor at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island

Creek Iversen, a lead grower at Sylvester Manor,
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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
Photo 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.
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Archaeology students excavate the grounds of Sylvester Manor. (Undated)

The windmill at Sylvester Manor sits near the
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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
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Headstones mark the graves in the Quaker Cemetery at Sylvester Manor. (Undated)

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