2020 HISTORIC DRIVING TOURS 

The cost of the program is $25 per person. Additional tours can be scheduled by contacting the Three Village Historical Society at 631-751-3730. 

All program fees are for the benefit of the Three Village Historical Society

Discover Setauket's Maritime History: Down the Ways the Wooden Ship Era

Explores the Dyer’s Neck-East Setauket Historic Shipbuilding District where coast-wise and ocean-going ships were built and where these local families, lived, worked and died. You will see the carpenter shop where the construction planning took place and visit the area where completed ships wintered over and where the bones of these ships rest today.

As a special treat you will see the home where Benjamin Tallmadge, General Washington's intelligence chief was born as well as the location of the house where  Anna Smith Strong lived during the Revolutionary War and where she setup her clothesline code to let Culper Spy Ring chief Abraham Woodhull know where Caleb Brewster was hiding with his whaleboat to bring spy messages across Long Island Sound to General Washington.  

Explore the area around Setauket Harbor where ships were built that traveled all over the world

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Maritime Tour

Explore the sites and stories of the Culper Spy Ring that operated on British controlled Long Island

In this living history tour you will meet historian Beverly Tyler, who leads tour-goers on a driving or bus tour of the sites and stories of the Setauket-based Culper Spy Ring.

Sites include: Richard and Abraham Woodhull homestead on Little Bay, home and final resting place of Selah and Anna Smith Strong, Location of Captain Austin Roe's Tavern, the birthplace of Intelligence Chief Major Benjamin Tallmadge, Patriot’s Rock, Setauket Village Green, Setauket Presbyterian Church graveyard with the grave of spy leader Abraham Woodhull, and finally tour the restored 1729 timber frame constructed Caroline Church of Brookhaven, where British officers and Loyalists worshipped. Tour-goers will learn how Benjamin Tallmadge, head of General Washington’s Secret Service, set up an undercover message system that provided General Washington with vital intelligence.

All tours begin at the Three Village Historical Society's History Center SPIES! exhibit

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