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Go See 'The Manors of Long Island' Next Month

Did you know that Long Island boasted the largest number of manors in one place in the New World? A manor was a land grant from the British crown or a colonial governor. Manorial lords could collect taxes and were exempt from the authority of local governments. This annoyed settlers who wanted more democratic forms of government, and after the Revolution, the privileges of the lords of the manors were revoked. What is now Suffolk County at one time boasted thirteen manors, including Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island; Gardiner's Island; Sagtikos Manor in Bay Shore; the Manor of St. George in Strong's Neck, Yaphank, and Mastic; and more. Dr. Gaynell Stone documents these in a film to be shown as part of Southampton's 375th anniversary celebration on February 19 at 3PM. Admission is free; reserve by calling 283-0774 ext 523.
· Southampton Historical Museum [Official site]