On Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00pm, meet author and historian Mac Griswold, author of The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, this year's Long Island Reads selection, at Sachem Public Library.
In 1984, Mac 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.
At 6:30pm, before the presentation, sample traditional colonial snacks, prepared and served in costume by Living Historian Diane Fish. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
All are welcome at this free event. Books will be available for purchase and signing.