The Culper Spy Ring tour will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm, starting and ending at the Three Village Inn, Stony Brook. Volunteer drivers will be meeting the 9:42 train at the Stony Brook LIRR train station, and returning to the station at tour's end.
The Culper Spy Tour Itinerary:
- Three Village Inn, Stony Brook at 10am (Built in 1751 by Richard Hallock, later childhood home of Captain Jonas Smith, 19th century whaler, entrepreneur, & LI's first "Millionaire") at 150 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790
- Three Three Village Historical Society, grounds and buildings, to see their exhibit on the Culper Spy Ring, (Setauket NY)
- 1700 Samuel Thompson House next door to historical society, home to Revolutionary War patriots and Dr. Thompson who was a friend of Caleb Brewster, (Setauket NY)
- Tour of Setauket Presbyterian Church once turned into a British fort by Major Hewlett and now resting site of Culper Spy member Abraham Woodhull, (Setauket NY)
- Setauket Village Green & Patriots Rock, where the The Battle of Setauket was fought between Colonial and British forces in 1777. (Setauket NY)
- Site of the Woodhull family home and more importantly the view he had of Culper Spy Ring Anna Strong Smith's signals across the bay, detailing Caleb Brewster's drops (Setauket/Strong's Neck)
- Visit the Smith & Strong family cemetery, Strong's Neck. Burial site of William "Tangier" Smith, founder of St. George's Manor, and his famous heroic descendant Anna Smith Strong, (Strong's Neck NY)
- Melville Park with restored 1700 grist mill, & miller's home, the 1680s Woodhull-Satterly-Jergenson House. Land used to be the Woodhull family farm. (Setauket NY)
- Box Luncheon at 1665 Brewster House, ancestral home of the Brewster family, who famous member was Caleb Brewster, whaleboat captain and Culper Spy Ring member. Box Lunch will be provided by Elegant Eating, the sandwich choice is Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey and Roast Veggie options, beverage choice: bottled ice teas and bottled waters. Near by is the childhood home of Benjamin Tallmadge & Brewster family cemetery.
- Three Village Inn, Stony Brook
- Self guided tour of the house and grounds of the Fort/Manor of St. George in Mastic, the former home of the "Tangier" Smith family. This was the site of a famous Revolutionary battle on November 23, 1780, led by Benjamin Tallmadge, Culper Spy Ring Leader. Address: conjunction of either Neighborhood Road and Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967 or Neighborhood Road and William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967, then take Neighborhood road to manor/fort. Mastic, NY.
NOTE: The house & grounds will be open on May 14th for our tour, the grounds open at 10am and the gates close at 5pm. It is a 45 minute drive from Stony Brook/Setauket to Mastic.
A little history note: Strong's Neck was once part of the Manor of St. George, originally covering 81,000 acres between Setauket on Long Island's North Shore to Mastic on the Atlantic, founded in 1691/3 by William "Tangier" Smith (1655–1705). Prior to his emigration to America, Smith was the last English administrator of the Crown Colony of Tangier, Morocco. He was Acting Governor of the Colony of New York from 1701 until his death. William "Tangier" Smith, is the great grandfather of Culper Spy Ring founder Anna Smith Strong.
R.s.v.p.: Leighton Hammond Coleman III,
P.O. Box 403, St. James, NY 11780-0403, LHCiii@mac.com
Tickets are $40.00 Make Checks payable to Saint Nicholas Society
Guides with maps will be provided either in person or electronically.