|A five-minute ferry ride separates quiet Shelter Island from the Hamptons, Long Island's—and possibly the country's—most exclusive summer community. Although Shelter Island is also considered a glorious summer getaway that is often compared to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Shelter Islanders have carefully preserved the Island's unique and fascinating history, as well as its natural beauty and spectacular beaches.
An Island Sheltered is lavished with glorious full-color photographs of the breathtaking scenery of the island, from bays and creeks, to the glories of the Mashomack Nature Preserve, and from the famous osprey nests to the island's fantastic native oaks and copper beeches.
An Island Sheltered celebrates the 350 years since Shelter Island's settlement by Nathaniel Sylvester in 1652 and features approximately 25 structures, from houses and barns, to boats, churches, stores and one windmill—of course, beginning with Sylvester Manor. Each has been photographed by Alex McLean, and each has been used as a springboard to tell the delightful stories of the denizens, skippers, worshippers and workers, and the activities on the Island of a particular era. While the past is honored and preserved in this book—the joy, fun and lifestyle of present day Shelter Island is celebrated throughout.
PRISCILLA DUNHILL, in love with Shelter Island for 40 years, has written lively introductory essays for each chapter, as well as extended captions for each of the photographs, drawings, maps, and other illustrative materials. She has conducted interviews and feature stories that appear throughout the book in boxed sidebars. Louise Tuthill Green, the Town Historian, has supplied invaluable assistance with amassing this lively trove of Shelter Island lore.
This book was a project sponsored by the 350th Anniversary Celebration Committee with assistance from the Shelter Island Historical Society. Anniversary celebrations took place throughout 2003, generating great interest and publicity in An Island Sheltered.