Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mac Griswold talks about Long Island’s Sylvester Manor and the family that has lived there since its founding as a slave plantation centuries ago. Alongside a team of archaeologists, Griswold began a dig that would uncover a landscape bursting with stories. The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation describes how the house proved to be a hidden vault full of revelations and treasures, including the 1666 charter for the land, and correspondence from Thomas Jefferson.


Mac Griswold

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Leeann Lavin from nyc

I had the privilege to research & learn about Sylvestor Manor in the course of writing my book: "The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook" that profiles the local chefs and the grower or artisanal food maker that inspires them most. It was chosen by Shelter Island Vine Street Cafe chefs Terry & Lisa as their inspired growers.

I was incredulous in discovering Sylvestor Manor's history via Bennett Konesni, the family's living descendent who turned the Manor into the non-profit, educational cultural landscape.

I also learned his family was the first to bring boxwoods to America! The Hamptons & Charleston must pay homage!
I met Mac Griswold on a Nature Conservancy visit to Charleston & their plantations. I applaud her taking on this subject. My question is - why do you think this fascinating story was not told heretofore?

Thank you.

Aug. 12 2013 12:57 PM
Bernardo Pace from Staten Island

Burrows and Wallace point out in Gotham that there were more slaves in Kings County in 1776 than anywhere else north of the Mason-Dixon line. Burrows said in a talk he gave at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn in 2003 that he believed the slave holders had informed the British of the exact locations of General Washington and his troops because they were dubious about what the revolution would bring to them and their slaves.

Aug. 12 2013 12:57 PM

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