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The 8th annual Culper Spy Day will be on Saturday, September 10th (rain date: September 11th) in Setauket, NY is presented by the Three Village Historical Society and Tri-Spy Tours.

Made possible by the generosity of our title sponsor, Heritage Spy Ring Golf Club.

 

Our Island. Our Story. It's the event that every history buff waits for, when the community comes together, from Manhattan to Montauk, to celebrate our Revolutionary roots.

The Three Village area is full of hidden intrigue and stories of how America’s first spy ring came together secretly to provide General George Washington the information he needed to turn the tide of the American Revolution.

On Culper Spy Day, you will have the chance to visit the places where history was made and visit with area groups to learn about the patriots who risked their lives. Culper Spy Day is a collaboration of local historical and cultural organizations that host diverse events to tell the amazing history behind the Culper Spy Ring.

This year, we're proud to announce, that more than 30 organizations that have a part of the Revolutionary story to tell will be with us to educate and entertain, so SAVE THE DATE!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

While this is a FREE community wide event, there are fee's associated with specific experiences.

 

TICKETED EVENTS on Culper Spy Day

Three Village Historical Society(TVHS) Events, FREE (93 N. Country Road, Setauket) | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

  • 11:00 a.m. - Join costume docents as they "build" a timber frame house.

  • 12:30 p.m. - Children's story hour on the lawnListen to "Anna Smith Strong" read "Redcoats and Petticoats"

  • 1:00 p.m. -  Join the 23rd Regiment of Foot in a march around the encampment! 

  • 1:30 p.m. - Compete in a potato sack race!

  • On-going from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the lawn at Three Village Historical Society

    • Culper Spy themed authors and book signing

    • Colonial Cooking Demonstration with Stirring Up History

    • Revolutionary War encampment and musket firing drills with the 23rd Regiment of Foot, Royal Welch Fusiliers in America

    • Augmented Reality demonstrations transporting you back to 18th century Long Island

    • Mobile exhibits

    • Invisible Ink Demonstration

    • Culper gift shop

    • View and learn about Anna Smith Strong’s Famed Clothesline

    • Colonial toy making and children's revolutionary era crafts

and more!

Organizations participating on the lawn at TVHS include: Three Village Historical Society, Tri-Spy Tours, Stony Brook University Special Collections, Anna Smith Strong DAR, Stirring Up History, Raynham Hall Museum, Rock Hall, Paumonak Tours, Setauket Harbor Task Force, Patriot Tours NYC with Mrs. Q, The Underhill Society, Gallery North, 23rd Regiment of Foot, The Huntington Militia, Claire Bellerjeau, Robert Skead, 4 Harbors Audubon Society, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Black Rock History, Shelter Island Historical Society, Smithtown Historical Society, Fraunces Tavern Museum, 360xr, Frank Melville Memorial Park and more TBD.

 

See history come to life with this SELF-GUIDED interactive tour spanning the Three Villages and beyond!

 

  • Setauket Neighborhood House, c. 1790 (95 Main Street, Setauket) 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

  • Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, c. 1892 (120 Main Street, Setauket) 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    • ​The Library will present the trio Rose Tree, a traditional folk group which includes musicians Larry Moser, Mary Nagin and Maria Fairchild, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library lawn. They will be performing 18th century songs and tunes from America, Ireland, England and Scotland. The audience is invited to join in on some great choruses.
       
      All day, view Revolutionary War soldiers’ equipment in the Library’s lobby. Learn about the Library’s Culper Spy Ring website (spyring.emmaclark.org) and check out related materials at the information tent adjacent to the front entrance.  
       
      For kids, there will be crafts from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the Library lawn.

  • Sherwood-Jayne Farm, c.1730 (55 Old Post Road, Setauket)

    • ​Preservation Long Island is proud to announce the return of Big Bill the Tory! During the American Revolution, almost 30% of Long Islanders identified as Loyalists. William Jayne III proudly represents this position and defends the noble intentions and virtuosities of King George III. Drop by the Sherwood-Jayne Farm to hear the other side of the story about George Washington’s pesky band of renegade spies!

  • Drowned Meadow Cottage Museum, c.1755 (141 West Broadway, Port Jefferson)​ 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

    • ​Join us for the opening of our new exhibit, Privateers: Pirates with Permission, at the Drowned Meadow Cottage Museum. Events will include guided tours, privateers re-enacting the plundering of the Roe family and colonial-themed storytelling for children.

  • Patriots Rock (Adjacent 97 Main Street, Setauket) 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

    • In 1777, Colonial and British forces clashed throughout the day at Patriots Rock. Today, this historic landmark serves as an important reminder of the strength and endurance that is the foundation of our country’s past, present and future.  Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this important site. The Three Village Community Trust will be on hand between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to hold talks, tours, and answer questions about ‘The Rock.’ And don’t forget to buy a Patriots Rock t-shirt or hat!

  • Caroline Episcopal Church of Setauket, c. 1729 (1 Dyke Road, Setauket)

  • Setauket Presbyterian Church, c. 1812 (5 Caroline Avenue, Setauket)

  • Long Island Museum (1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook) 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Free Admission)

    • Take this limited opportunity to see the recently  discovered Culper Spy letter on display. The handwritten letter dated November 8, 1779, from Benjamin Tallmadge (using his alias, John Bolton) to Robert Townsend (alias, Samuel Culper Jr.) is the only known surviving letter between the two. Also spend time with our world famous carriage collection, some with a special connection to Long Island’s Revolutionary War history. Admission will be free at the Museum throughout the day. 

  • Setauket Elementary School Auditorium (134 Main Street, Setauket)

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• Setauket Neighborhood House
• Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

5th Annual Culper Spy Day, 2019

Photos Taken By: North Island Photography and Anthony White

4th Annual Culper Spy Day, 2018

Photos Taken By: Anthony White