Come learn about the Culper Spy Ring from costumed docents

at the Three Village Historical Society 

This year, the 7th Annual Culper Spy Day looks a little different. We wanted to celebrate the Culper Spy Ring with our community, and while the 2021 event won't be as big and far reaching as in years passed, we hope you'll join us.  It's been a while and we miss you.

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

On Culper Spy Day, you will have the chance to 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.

In acknowledgment of the sensitivities our community may have as we emerge out of the pandemic, the capacity for indoor exhibit tours will be limited. We will be following current and local CDC event guidelines and are asking guests wishing to enter the building wear a mask.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will remain consistent with evolving NYS guidelines and safety protocols. As we get closer to the event, we will send any updated constraints and attendance prerequisites to ensure that all guests are safe. Thanks for your flexibility during these unprecedented times.

 

Funds raised on Culper Spy Day support exhibitions, publications, and programs.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE: Stony Brook University Special Collections, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, The Long Island Museum, Raynham Hall, Drowned Meadow Cottage, Preservation Long Island, Gallery North, Karen Q's Patriot Tours NYC, Anna Smith Strong Chapter, NSDAR, Stirring Up History, Three Village Community Trust, Caroline Church, Three Village Historical Society and Tri-Spy Tours.

 

OUTDOOR EVENTS are FREE of charge.

TICKETS for indoor exhibits at TVHS are timed, with entry every 30 minutes and face masks are required.

FAQ: Over the past few days, we've received several phone calls and email inquiries asking the same questions. With that in mind, we'll answer a few of them here, in case you were wondering the same.

1. The TVHS Spies! Exhibit tour is the ONLY activity that is SOLD OUT.

2. All other events at the Three Village Historical Society are FREE of charge and are outdoors. Our partners throughout the Three Village area have events and tours, too - read more below to see who else is participating.

3. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the SPY STORIES ON THE PORCH from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.

4. Spy Stories on the Porch WILL be filmed for later viewing on the TVHS website.

5. The TVHS Gift Shop will be moved outdoors and it is FULLY STOCKED. We accept credit, cash or check.

6. Bring the kids!! This will be a fun event, with many activities on the lawn and across the street at Gallery North for the children.

7. There is public parking on the street in front of the Three Village Historical Society.

8. If you're using a GPS to find us, make sure you specify 93 N. Country Road (in Setauket!!!)

9. If you have tickets for the exhibit tour at TVHS, please be sure to wear a mask when you enter.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email info@tvhs.org!

Only the exhibit tour is sold out - everything else is available and free to the public at the Three Village Historical Society

For Big Bill the Tory at the Sherwood Jayne House please click here

For the George Washington letter at Long Island Museum please click here

CULPER SPY DAY EVENTS (all events subject to change)

AT THREE VILLAGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - 93 N. Country Road, Setauket

  • SPIES! How A Group of  Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution - Three Village Historical Society exhibit led by costumed docents

  • Invisible Ink Demonstration on the front lawn at TVHS

  • Spy Stories on the TVHS Porch – 12:30pm – 1:30pm bring your own lawn chair or blanket and listen to Spy stories with Bev Tyler and Donna Smith

  • Anna Smith Strong Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) - Patriotic quilt display and demonstration with Colonial Crafts for the family on the front lawn at TVHS

  • Authors Row at TVHS - Come meet authors Bev Tyler, Selene Castrovilla and, Claire Bellerjeau, available for book signings

  • Stony Brook University Special Collections - Visit SBU on the front lawn at TVHS for their mobile exhibit featuring Revolutionary War letters

  • Raynham Hall - will have fun "Spy Games" and interactive materials on the front lawn at TVHS. Educators will also talk about Raynham Hall, Culper Jr. and their Culper Spy connections

  • Stirring Up History - Enjoy a LIVE colonial cooking demonstration from 12pm - 2pm.  Samples and authentic Mary Floyd Talmadge recipe provided.

AROUND THE SETAUKET/STONY BROOK/PORT JEFFERSON AREA

  • Gallery North (90 N. Country Rd., Setauket) - Visit Gallery North (across the street from TVHS) for Revolutionary War era arts & craft making

  • Emma S. Clark Memorial Library (120 Main St., E. Setauket) - Visit the library for live colonial music, arts and crafts and exhibit

  • Caroline Episcopal Church of Setauket (1 Dyke Rd., E. Setauket) - 10am - 2pm - Visit the historic church and burial ground with docents.

  • Setauket Presbyterian Church (5 Caroline Ave., E. Setauket) - 10am - 2pm - Visit the historic church and burial ground with docents.

  • Three Village Community Trust (108-114 Main St., Setauket) - 10am - 12pm - Visit Patriots Rock and learn the story behind the famous landmark

  • Long Island Museum (1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook) - 12pm - 5pm - Visit the museum and view the newly uncovered Culper Spy Ring letter and see LIMarts Collaborative Art Group doing a plein air painting / sketching on the grounds that day. Tickets are available at the History Museum entrance; pre-registration is not required. For more information on planning your trip to the LIM go to: https://longislandmuseum.org/

  • Sherwood Jayne House (55 Old Post Rd, Setauket) - Visit with Big Bill the Tory (registration required)

  • Drowned Meadow Cottage - (W. Broadway & Barnum Ave., Port Jefferson) Visit the cottage and view Nathaniel & Phillips Roe document

  • Karen Q. Patriot Tours – Mrs. Q will be on location, LIVE on social media and in costume visiting the Spies! Exhibit, Ink demonstration, DAR, Colonial Cooking demonstration, Emma S. Clark Library and the Sherwood Jayne House

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