Saturday, May 17, 2014

Over 200 people spent a beautiful Saturday on Shelter Island attending this year’s author event!

What was your favorite part of the day?






May 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

This weekend’s event was featured in Sylvester Manor’s Upcoming Events newsletter.

The Manor will now be open for self guided tours from 1 to 4.  Hope to see you there!


Saturday, May 17
1 to 4 pm
Manor House and Rose Garden

LONG ISLAND READS OPEN HOUSE with Mac Griswold reading from The Manor
Long Island Reads and Sylvester Manor are proud to co-sponsor an author reading and book signing event with Mac Griswold, author of The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, selected best book 2014 by Long Island Reads, a joint committee comprised of library professionals from both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 A sign language interpreter will be on hand for the hearing impaired.

Long Island Reads is an island-wide reading initiative sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk library systems. Each April since  2002 during National Library Week the committee selects a Best Book, judged on readability and excellence. A celebration and reading with the author usually takes place on a rotating basis at one of the two counties libraries, but is held this year on the historic grounds of Sylvester Manor, where the 367-year Sylvester history described by Ms. Griswold began, and continues as an organic educational farm and inspiring historic cultural resource.

Ms. Griswold will read from her book at 2pm in the Rose Garden, while the manor house will be open for self-guided tours from 1-4pm.  Docents will be on hand to answer questions.
This is a free event.  We will have copies of Ms. Griswold’s book available for purchase and signing.

May 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

Events at your local library

Here’s a listing of events scheduled at Long Island libraries relating to The Manor.

2014 Library Events

These programs are open to all, but some require registration.

Please contact the individual library with any questions.

April 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

Author Event

Mac Griswold, the author of this year’s Long Island Reads selection, The Manor, will speak at Sylvester Manor  on Shelter Island on Saturday, May 17th at 2 pm.  The author talk will be outdoors, and will last about one hour, including time for questions.

February 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Reader’s Guide

The 2014 Reader’s Guide is ready.

We hope this gives you some food for thought as you read and/or discuss this year’s selection.


December 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

2014 Selection

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold

“Long Islanders curious about the history of the land we now occupy will be moved by Griswold’s layered account, which continues to the present day.” – Newsday
“The book is strong in its vivid and compassionate description of the horrors of the slave trade… history buffs will love The Manor, and it tells a story that needs to be told.” – Washington Post
“A deeply researched painstakingly detailed story of a forgotten chapter of our nation’s history. Highly recommended.” – Kirkus

In 1984, landscape historian Mac Griswold came across Sylvester Manor, the 1650s former plantation on Shelter Island that has been home to 11 generations of the Sylvester family. After years of painstaking research, she tells the story of one of the earliest plantations in the North, dependent for nearly two centuries upon the labor of African-American slaves, Native Americans, and indentured servants. The book ranges from 16th century Europe to 21st century Shelter Island, where the property, still owned by descendants of the original family, continues to operate as a nonprofit educational foundation and organic farm.

Why The Manor?

 The book covers over 300 years of Long Island history and explores the little-known phenomenon of Northern slavery.

 The author resides on Long Island and is available to talk at our author events.

 The Manor is now the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the house and gardens are available for tours.

 The subject matter is of interest to a broad range of readers.

 The book is available in hardcover and e-book; the paperback will be available to libraries in March, 2014.

September 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm 1 comment

Sunday, May 19

This year’s author appearance is fast approaching!

J.R. Moehringer will be at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Copies of Sutton and prior works will be available for sale.




 In case you missed it:  Long Island reads about Willie Sutton 



May 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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