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Welcome to Shelter Island!

The Indians called Shelter Island "Manhansack-aha-quashawomock", which means "an island sheltered by islands".  And that is exactly what makes this island so special.  



Shelter Island (or "The Rock" as it is commonly called) is nestled between the twin forks of Long Island, protecting it from the swells of the ocean.  Shelter Island was first settled by the Manhassett Indians and then later by the English in 1652. There are many interesting facts to be learned about Shelter Island's long and rich history.

Today sailors and vacationers, continue to enjoy this beautiful island.  The island is full of great restaurants, shops, galleries, beaches, lodging and much much more.  Click on the menu to the left to gain the information you need to make your trip to Shelter Island as enjoyable as possible.  If you have any questions about Shelter Island e-mail us at info@ospreysguide.com.

This year is Shelter Island's 350th Anniversary. To commemorate this celebration families and individuals have been asked to display decorated wooden sheep cutouts on their front lawns.  Just like the decorated cows from a few years ago, it is hoped our Shelter Island Sheep will bring with it the same sense of unity and celebration.  The sheep were chosen because for many generations sheep grazed throughout, particularly on the Ram islands. Islanders throughout the island will be displaying their own sheep from May 2002 through August 2003.  See some of the Shelter Island Sheep in our Photo Gallery.

 

 

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e-mail: info@shelter-island.net

 

 

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