Long Island Museum w/ Others: Culper Spy Day / Sept 15, 9 AM to 4 PM


Culper Spy Day

Long Island organizations team up for island-wide celebration 
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On Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Long Island Museum and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook, and the Three Village Historical Society and Tri-Spy Tours in Setauket will present a day of spy related tours and activities for the 4th annual Culper Spy Day, named for the Culper Spy Ring founded by Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington’s chief intelligence officer during the Revolutionary War. Ticket holders will have a chance to meet Benjamin Tallmadge, Samuel Culper Sr., Abraham Woodhull and Anna Smith Strong. 
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Activities at the Long Island Museum will include Blacksmith demonstrations in the Samuel West Blacksmith Shop and lessons with a schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse. The Benjamin Tallmadge District of the Boy Scouts will set up a Revolutionary era encampment on museum grounds and give colonial cooking demonstrations over an open fire. The museum will accept Culper Spy Day tickets for free admission through September 23.
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Revolutionary War artifacts, including George Washington’s original letters to members of his spy ring will be on display in the Stony Brook University Library Special Collections. Other Culper Spy Day sites and activities include walking and bicycle tours, Ann Smith Strong’s famed clothesline, cemetery tours, invisible ink demonstrations, a children’s book signing, music, mill grinding demonstrations, and much more. 
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The Three Village Inn in Stony Brook will feature a spy breakfast. Cost is $10 per person plus tax and tip, and reservations are required. For lunch, The Country House Restaurant, also in Stony Brook will serve up a spy-themed lunch (not included in Spy Day ticket price). Call (631) 751-0555 for breakfast and (631) 751-3332 for lunch reservations. 
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Organizations participating in the Culper Spy Day event include The Benjamin Tallmadge District of the Boy Scouts, Campus Bicycle, Caroline Church of Brookhaven, Country House Restaurant, Custom House, Discover Long Island, East Hampton Library, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Fairfield Historical Society, Fairfield Museum & History Center, Frank Melville Memorial Park, Fraunces Tavern Museum®, History Close at Hand, Huntington Historical Society, Huntington Militia, Joseph Lloyd Manor House, Ketcham Inn Foundation, Northport Historical Society, Old Methodist Church, Paumanok Tours, Port Jefferson Free Library, Preservation Long Island, Raynham Hall Museum, Rock Hall Museum, Setauket Elementary School, Setauket Harbor Task Force, Setauket Neighborhood House, Sherwood-Jane Farm, Stony Brook University Libraries, Stirring up History, Stony Brookside Bed and Bike Inn, Three Village Community Trust, The Three Village Inn, Times Beach News Media, Village of Port Jefferson Drowned Meadow Cottage, The Long Island Museum, the Three Village Historical Society, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and Tri-Spy Tours.   
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Tickets for Culper Spy Day go on sale August 13 at tvhs.org. Tickets can be picked up at the Three Village Historical Society at 93 North Country Road in Setauket. At that time, visitors will receive a bracelet and a copy of the Culper Spy Day map with all event listings.  Tickets are good for admission to most participating organizations for Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, and at the Long Island Museum through September 23. Additional fees apply for meals.
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 COUPE ROCKAWAY. A.S. Flandrau, New York, NY,  1871.  
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Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.longislandmuseum.org.
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