In a matter of weeks, Shelter Island's population will more than triple in size. But before the summer crowds descend, photographer J. Conrad Williams took the ferry ride and captured scenes of pre-summer life on the East End island.
The sun sets over a dock on one
The sun sets over a dock on one of Shelter Island's inlets. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Bicyclists on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue. (May 14,
Bicyclists on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Other quaint boutiques on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue
Other quaint boutiques on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue include home decor shop Thé à la Menthe, left, and Zack & Chance. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Union Chapel sits on a Shelter Island Heights
Union Chapel sits on a Shelter Island Heights hilltop in The Grove. Built in 1875, the chapel was part of an architect's original plans of the area and represents the community's late 19th-century history. (1981) (Credit: A. O'Brien)
The Smith-Taylor Cabin was built around 1900 on
The Smith-Taylor Cabin was built around 1900 on Taylor's Island in Shelter Island as a picnic retreat for Francis M. Smith, who bought the property, then known as Cedar Island, in 1899. It was later purchased by hotelier S. Gregory Taylor and passed on to the Town of Shelter Island in 1997 after the death of Taylor's nephew Stephen Stephano.
Built in Southold in 1810 and moved to
Built in Southold in 1810 and moved to Shelter Island in 1840, the Shelter Island Windmill operated commercially until 1879. The mill was moved to the Sylvester Estate in 1926. (1977)
The Chequit Inn is part of the Shelter
The Chequit Inn is part of the Shelter Island Heights Historic District, a planned residential resort community of about 105 acres that was first established as a Methodist camp in 1872. The district contains 141 buildings and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Manhanset Chapel in Shelter Island is pictured here
Manhanset Chapel in Shelter Island is pictured here in an undated photo. Built in 1890 in the Village of Dering Harbor, the Gothic Revival church was moved to its present site in 1924. Also known as Mechanics' Hall, it now serves as the Shelter Island Historical Society Museum.

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The James Havens Homestead was built in 1743.
The James Havens Homestead was built in 1743. Havens, a local settler, was a member of the state's Provincial Congress in 1776. The largely unaltered home represents the area's early settlement period. (1985) (Credit: W. Anderson)
An undated photo of Camp Quinipet, a Methodist
An undated photo of Camp Quinipet, a Methodist camp and retreat center first established in 1920. Buildings there date back to 1882.
Clothing boutique Marie Eiffel on Grand Avenue is
Clothing boutique Marie Eiffel on Grand Avenue is a popular place to shop on Shelter Island. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
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A "Wellness Fair" for seniors, who are a growing population on Shelter Island, is held at the Shelter Island Youth Center. In the 2000 census, seniors made up about 38 percent of population. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
The South Ferry, which carries cars and trucks,
The South Ferry, which carries cars and trucks, plies its way between Shelter Island and North Haven. Everything must be ferried on to the island -- from pavement for the roads, to provisions for the stores, to supplies, to the mail. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Shelter Island poet Hilary King reads from her
Shelter Island poet Hilary King reads from her recent book, "Love & Other Poems," at the Shelter Island Library. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday, 2011 / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Once comprising all of Shelter Island back in
Once comprising all of Shelter Island back in 1652, today the Sylvester Manor encompasses 243 acres of fields, forests, gardens and estuaries and serves both as a working farm and an educational center. Above, workers check on the early plantings. (May 6, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Once comprising all of Shelter Island back in
Once comprising all of Shelter Island back in 1652, today Sylvester Manor encompasses 243 acres of fields, forests, gardens and estuaries and serves both as a working farm and an educational center. Above, workers and volunteers check on seedlings started in the greenhouse. (May 6, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
The South Ferry, which carries cars and trucks,
The South Ferry, which carries cars and trucks, plies its way between Shelter Island and North Haven. (May 6, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Shelter Island supports a single school serving kindergarten
Shelter Island supports a single school serving kindergarten through grade 12. (May 6, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Shelter Island has no hospital, no fast-food restaurant
Shelter Island has no hospital, no fast-food restaurant and no bus service. It has just one school district and one volunteer fire department — there were originally two, but they merged years ago. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
The Shelter Island Library recently began offering ESL
The Shelter Island Library recently began offering ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to interested Hispanics. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
A bicyclist rides one of the un-trafficked roads
A bicyclist rides one of the un-trafficked roads on Shelter Island. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Shelter Island Heights, one of the older parts
Shelter Island Heights, one of the older parts of Shelter Island, has many Victorian houses. (May 7, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Sweet Tomato's, a restaurant in Shelter Island. In
Sweet Tomato's, a restaurant in Shelter Island. In the summer, outdoor restaurant dining becomes a treasure hunt -- where tourists can find everything from an elegant dinner to a homemade bowl of soup. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
An inside view of clothing boutique Marie Eiffel
An inside view of clothing boutique Marie Eiffel on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue. The owner, Marie Eiffel, left, helps a customer. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
A view of the shops on Shelter Island's
A view of the shops on Shelter Island's Grand Avenue. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Cafe owner Pepe Martinez, when he gets a
Cafe owner Pepe Martinez, when he gets a free moment, goes fishing or spends time with his kids. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
Shelter Island's year-round population of 2,300 residents gives
Shelter Island's year-round population of 2,300 residents gives it only about 190 people per square mile. In contrast, Suffolk County has about 1,500 people per square mile. During the summer months, tourists and vacation homeowners swell the island's population to more than 8,000. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)