Drive By History Highlights Long Island and Region

May 19, 2020

Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor is featured in Drive By History, Episode 4.

Drive By History makes its debut on WLIW21 Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Host Ken Magos investigates the stories behind roadside history markers in Long Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to find out what happened and why it matters. With the help of highly esteemed historians and experts, he discovers hidden details and rare insights that give the history new meaning.

Tune-in or livestream at Episodes can be streamed on the Drive By History program page.

Episode 1: SUFFRAGE: THE WOMEN WHO WON THE VOTE. Premieres Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Rare photographs, private access to the New Jersey home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a modern day Long Island suffragist are all part of this investigation, as host Ken Magos explores our region’s many connections to the women who won the right to vote. Stream now.

Episode 2: WALT WHITMAN. Premieres May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Join host Ken Magos as he discovers the profound effect Long Island, Brooklyn, and Camden, NJ, and the rest of our region had on famed writer, Walt Whitman. The episode will also reveal the forgotten war that raged between New York and New Jersey for years.

Episode 3: THE LONG ISLAND EXPERIMENTS OF NIKOLA TESLA. Premieres June 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Discover the dramatic new technology Nikolai Tesla attempted to harness at Wardenclyffe, his Long Island laboratory nearly lost to history. We’ll also see a real-time archeological dig at New Jersey’s Trent House.

Episode 4: SYLVESTER MANOR. Coming in June

Host Ken Magos is treated to a private tour of Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor, one of only a few remaining plantations that once dotted the northern U.S. The episode will also investigate Thomas Edison’s weightier inventions.

Episode 5: SPIES OF LONG ISLAND. Coming in June

Dive into the history of a Long Island spy ring that foiled cunning schemes by the British during the American Revolution. We’ll also get an idea of what the region really looked like during colonial times, at New Jersey’s Buck Gardens.


Host Ken Magos takes a look back to the German Hessians who fought in New Jersey and their unexpected connection to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” On a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, we’ll learn why a slew of aviation firsts all occurred within a few square miles of each other on Long Island.