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Revolutionary History

Revolutionary War Era Heritage Trail

Come discover a fascinating history filled with spies and intrigue during the Long Island Revolutionary War Era. Although it was largely occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War there were many brave Patriots who risked their lives in the Washington Spy Ring to get George Washington the information he needed to win the war.

Stretching along Long Island’s North Shore is Route 25A, also known as the Long Island Heritage Trail. President George Washington traveled this same route in a 1790 horse-drawn carriage tour on a mission to thank his Long Island Revolutionary War supporters and the ‘Culper Spy Ring’ for their help in winning the American Revolution. Among the sites to visit are Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay, where the Townsends became part of the Washington Spy Ring; The Arsenal in Huntington, where  Job Sammis hid stores of gun powder in his attic during the onset of the British occupation; the Conklin House where Sybil Conklin lived and worked here while her husband, David was held prisoner by the British during the Revolutionary War; and the Brewster House in Stony Brook where American Patriot Caleb Brewster spied on British soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

See where the British had a garrison quartered where the Battle of Setauket was fought near the Setauket Presbyterian Church on Caroline Ave., Setauket. Nearby on Dyke Rd is the Woodhull Home marker, and go down Strongs Neck Rd., where Anna Smith Strong and Abraham Woodhull lived. Stop in at the Thompson House to see some of the spies names in the doctoro’s book here.

Make sure to visit the Three Village Historical Society to see exhibits on the ‘Spy Ring’ and to find out about special events and tours.

Stony Brook University Library’s Special Collections has two original Culper Spy Ring letters from General Washington to his Long Island spymaster. By appointment.

On the South Shore, be sure to visit Sagtikos Manor in Bay Shore, built in 1697. British forces occupied the Manor briefly during the Revolutionary War. President George Washington stayed here during his tour of Long Island in 1790.

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Stony Brook Grist Mill

Stony Brook Grist Mill

100 Harbor Road

Stony Brook

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Circa 1751. Long Island’s most completely equipped working Grist Mill,...
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Sagtikos Manor

Sagtikos Manor

677 Montauk Hwy

Bay Shore

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Built in 1697, and expanded in 1772 and 1902, the...
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Long Island Heritage Trail

Long Island Heritage Trail

111 Main Street

Stony Brook

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Discover the 'Secrets of the North Shore.' The Long Island...
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WMHO Educational and Cultural Center

WMHO Educational and Cultural Center

111 Main Street

Stony Brook

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Located in the historic Stony Brook Village Center, The Ward...
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Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages

1200 Route 25A

Stony Brook

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Discover a national treasure in historic Stony Brook. This nine...
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Raynham Hall Museum

Raynham Hall Museum

20 West Main Street

Oyster Bay

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This 1738 structure was the home of Samuel Townsend, a...

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