The Thompson House was built in 1709. The five-room saltbox farmhouse is one of the largest houses in the area. The builder and original owner was Samuel Thompson (1668-1749), a prosperous farmer at the time.

Samuel Thompson’s grandson, Doctor Samuel Thompson lived here from 1738 until his death in 1811. American Patriot, Farmer and Physician, Doctor Thompson was a prestigious member of the Setauket community, who treated many local residents. In fact, members of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring are listed in his “Cash Receipt Book,” c. 1787, which was a list of his patients.

This setting provides the background for WMHO’s program “Medicine: Past, Present and Future” where visitors experience the Thompson House as a colonial doctor’s office. This hands-on program gives visitors the opportunity to discover the mysteries behind the 18th century illnesses and reveal 21st century developments in technology in the Thompson House’s very own “21st Century Room.” You can experience the Thompson House by appointment. Please contact 631-751-2244 for more information and to book your tour.

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