PHOTO: THE SETAUKET VILLAGE GREEN, LOOKING NORTHWEST TO THE CIRCA 1729 CAROLINE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF BROOKHAVEN. THIS IS THE SECOND OLDEST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN CONTINUOUS OPERATION IN AMERICA. A MUSKET BALL WAS FOUND IN ONE OF THE TIMBER FRAME BEAMS AND IS ON DISPLAY IN THE FOYER.more
Centered around the Setauket Village Green are the two churches and the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Built in 1892, the library has an impressive children's section, computers, tapes and access to the Internet. It also has an extensive Long Island history section and is the repository for the archival collection of the Three Village Historical...more
While exploring Setauket and East Setauket, you are never far from the harbors and bays where much of the Three Village areas history took place. The Native Americans (Algonquains) used the local waters as their source for clams, oysters, eels, crabs and fish, the main features of their diet. The English settlers and residents not only used the waters as a food source, but as the main source of transportation before the railroad and the automobile. During the Revolutionary War, the Setauket Spies were based in Setauket where they provided a base for spy activity gathering information about British troop activity in New York City and transmitting it to General Washington at his base in Westchester County, New York by way of Setauket and across Long Island Sound. The grave of Setauket spy chief Abraham Woodhull is near the Setauket Village Green in the Setauket Presbyterian Churchyard. His home site is along Dyke Road in Strong's Neck, just a short walk or ride from the Setauket Village Green. This is an area of quiet beauty along the secluded area known as Little Bay, just west of Setauket Harbor. Here too, Anna Smith Strong, notified Woodhull of the place where Caleb Brewster and his whaleboat were hiden to take the spy messages across Long Island Sound to Connecticut. Here Brewster gave the messages to Benjamin Tallmadge, head of Washington's secret service who would pass then to General Washington. Tallmadge also a setauket resident, is buried in Connecticut, but his father, a pastor of the Setauket Presbyterian Church is buried here. The grave of Anna Smith Stong is also in Setauket, in a private cemetery, off Cemetery Road in Strong's Neck. The courier, Auston Roe, who brought messages from New York City to Setauket (a two to three day trip through enemy territory), ran a tavern in Setauket. The location, along Route 25A, south of Setauket Harbor is marked with a state plaque. For more detail on the Setauket Spies visit the Three Village Historical Society web site listed under 'must see activities. PHOTO: SETAUKET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT THE VILLAGE GREEN, SETAUKET. THIS STRUCTURE, BUILT 1812, IS THE THIRD CHURCH/MEETING HOUSE ON THE SITE. THE FIRST MEETING HOUSE AND CHURCH WAS BUILT ABOUT 1672. IN THE GRAVEYARD IS BURIED ABRAHAM WOODHULL, CHIEF OF GENERAL WASHINGTON'S SETAUKET SPIES.
Walk in the Frank Melville Memorial Park in the winter after a snowfall is a solitary experience of fresh beauty During the Three Village Historical Society's Candlelight House Tour in the Three Villages we walked the Park with new-fallen snow and enjoyed the company of nature on our walk.more
See The Village Greens in Setauket and Stony Brook, Long Island, New York (see my Stony Brook page) - 60 miles east of New York City - here is an area that is green and beautiful, peaceful, historic and interesting. In Setauket, the Village Green is surrounded by the 1729 Caroline Church of Brookhaven (Episcopal), the 1811 Setauket Presbyterian...more