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Slaves @ Sylvester Manor

SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. — Imagine going to your great-aunt’s funeral and unexpectedly being offered an estate that harked back to the 17th century, complete with a plantation house where slaves once slept in the attic.

That’s what happened to Bennett Konesni one April afternoon seven years ago when he was 23, and the descendants of Nathaniel and Grizzell Sylvester had gathered at Sylvester Manor for the funeral of Alice Fiske, who died at 88 in this graceful yellow-shingled Georgian house facing a quiet creek.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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