WOMEN OF THE MANOR

PORTRAITS FROM THREE CENTURIES OF THE WOMEN WHO LIVED AND WORKED AT SYLVESTER MANOR

GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY ELLY & TONY WONG, THE JASTEKA FOUNDATION

 

Although September 30 is the last public guided tour, private tours may be booked for groups of five or more, subject to availability. The last day for private tours is Thursday, November 30. For more information, please contact Curator-Archivist, Donnamarie Barnes at dbarnes@sylvestermanor.org


PUBLIC HOUSE TOURS: Saturday, September 30 | 12-3pm | $25

Advance ticket purchase suggested. 

For over three centuries, the women of Sylvester Manor have been portrayed in paintings and photographs. This exhibition, drawn from collections in the Manor house, shares images and stories of several female Sylvester descendants, paying homage to the women, enslaved and free, who lived and worked in the house and on the grounds. 

Among Sylvester Manor’s collection are examples of paintings done by leading portraitists, including a full length portrait from 1884 of Cornelia Horsford by G.P.A. Healy. The collection of photographs spans the history of photography from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids. Included are examples of early color photography in the late 19th Century as well as a Daguerreotype of Mary Gardiner Horsford taken in 1841 in the first Daguerreotype studio in Albany owned by her future husband Professor Eben Horsford. These images of generations of women, along with letters, poems, and ephemera, illustrate their lives and their enduring connection to Sylvester Manor, its house and landscapes.

For more information, please contact Archivist / Curator, Donnamarie Barnes at 631-749-0626 or dbarnes@sylvestermanor.org