Culper Spy Day
Sat Sep 14, 2019
9:00am to 4:00pm
Kids under age 6 are free, children ages 6-12 are $5, adults are $25
Tri-Spy Tours, the Three Village Historical Society, the Long Island Museum, and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization will present a day of spy related tours and activities for the 5th annual Culper Spy Day.
Culper Spy Day is named for the Culper Spy Ring founded by Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington's Chief Intelligence Officer during the Revolutionary War.
A collaboration of more than 40 historical and cultural organizations, from Montauk to Manhattan, will gather in the Three Village area for an activity-filled day of community events that will highlight the amazing history behind George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. The Three Village area is full of intriguing and hidden stories of how America’s first spy ring came together secretly to provide General George Washington the information he needed to turn the tide of the American Revolution. Participants will have the opportunity to build their own revolutionary war story and to visit the places where history was made. Activities throughout the community will include tours, a Revolutionary War Encampment, colonial cooking demonstrations, musical performances, crafts and more.
The Three Village Historical Society will have Anna Smith Strong and her famous clothesline, invisible ink demonstrations, Spies! exhibit, children’s book signing, colonial music by the Three Village Chamber Players from noon to 4:00 p.m., outdoor gift shop and Tavern on the Field featuring food trucks Eat Me, Drink Me, Fat Boys BBQ Bus and Food Nation Generation.
The Long Island Museum located in Stony Brook will hold blacksmith demonstrations in the Samuel West Blacksmith Shop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well Plein Air Painting by LIMarts artists Joseph Rotella and Lori Scarlatos, in the carriage barn at the Caroline Church in Setauket from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ward Melville Heritage Organization will have costumed docents guide visitors through their c. 1709 Thompson House and their c. 1665 Joseph Brewster House. 18th century cook and living historian Diane Schwindt of Stirring Up History will be serving up some tasty and authentic treats from America’s past on the front lawn of the Brewster House. A miller will be on hand to demonstrate the workings of the c. 1751 Stony Brook grist mill throughout the day.
George Washington’s original letters to members of his spy ring will be on display in the Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries between 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Other Culper Spy Day sites and activities include historical cemetery tours, live music, mill grinding demonstration, tea with Big Bill the Tory, the Vance Locke murals and much more.