This Culper Spy Ring collection is inspired by the interactive exhibit at the Three Village Historical Society which presents the little known Culper Spy Ring, centered in Setauket, that was active during the American Revolution from 1778 to 1783.

This is the story of the Culper Spy Ring.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, some Americans wanted to fight for independence from Great Britain and King George III. Those who favored independence were called patriots and those who supported the British were known as loyalists. George Washington suffered heavy losses at the first major battle in Brooklyn, resulting in British occupation of Long Island. He realized that credible information about British troop movements was vital in preparing a successful campaign.

Washington sent Captain Nathan Hale to Long Island to discover British plans. Hale’s ineffectiveness as a spy, his capture and execution, provided a framework for the development of a more effective intelligence operation. Over the next two years Washington struggled to establish a more reliable system.

In 1778 George Washington asked Benjamin Tallmadge, his new Chief of Intelligence, to organize a network of spies now known as the Culper Spy Ring. To accomplish this, Tallmadge needed spies he could trust. He recruited his childhood friends from Setauket, where he grew up.

The Spies!: How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution interactive exhibit at the Three Village Historical Society presents the Setauket-based Culper Spy Ring which was active during the American Revolution from 1778 to 1783.

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The Three Village Historical Society is a long-lasting non-profit organization that works within the community to explore local history through education. Educational programs are developed by collecting and preserving artifacts, documents, and other materials of local significance. Ongoing research is conducted about the history of the people who have lived, from earliest habitation to modern times, in the Three Village area.

We've transitioned to remote learning during this unprecedented global pandemic to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and beloved community. Our Autumn/Winter events are typically our biggest fundraisers that help fund all of the educational activities and events for the coming year. Without these events (Culper Spy Day, Spirits Tour, etc.,) the Society is looking at a tremendous hardship. Our hope is that you will purchase an item from our Culper Spy Ring collection, share it with family and friends - they make great holiday gifts and, consider becoming a member. Every little bit helps.

The collection has many items ranging in price from $15 - $50 + shipping. The fundraiser runs through Saturday, October 31, 2020. 100% of the proceeds will be used to help support and fund the Three Village Historical Society's education programming.

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