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This book is about celebrating the people and events of Setauket and Brookhaven Town history. It is the stories of the indigenous people called Setalcotts and the farmers, shipbuilders, blacksmiths and millers whose lives created our communities in Setauket and Stony Brook and in Brookhaven.
The inspiration behind this book come from the murals in the Setauket School Auditorium, painted in 1951 by artist Vance Locke. They were the gift of philanthropist Ward Melville who wanted this new school, opened in the spring of 1951, to provide a place which would celebrate the history of Setauket and the Town of Brookhaven.
“Setauket and Brookhaven History is a slender book that is rich in detail and will hold the interest of reader of all ages. The ease of Tyler’s writing belies the hundreds of research hours that undoubtedly went into its creation. This edifying work is ideal to be read aloud and discussed. It will certainly stimulate thought and conversation both in the family and the classroom. ‘Murals tell a story, sometimes more than one. Could there be more than one story in this mural?’ Tyler gives us a good deal to observe, a great deal to read, and even more to think about it.”
-Jeffrey Sanzel, TBR News Media