The Indians called Shelter
Island "Manhansack-aha-quashawomock", which
"an island sheltered by islands".
And that is exactly what makes this island so
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
some of the Shelter Island Sheep in our Photo