Setauket Travel Guide

  • October 2001
    October 2001
    by BeverlyTyler
  • May 2002
    May 2002
    by BeverlyTyler
  • Spring 2001
    Spring 2001
    by BeverlyTyler

Setauket Things to Do

  • Dusk at the pond

    Walk to the bridge over the mill pond and gaze out toward Conscience Bay on almost any evening and take in the beauty.

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  • Walk A Beautiful Park

    The Frank Melville Memorial Park and Sanctuary is a must see for anyone who enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of a park around a mill pond, overlooking a pristine bay with 300 varieties of trees and shrubs

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  • Historic Gravestones

    One of many beautiful and historic gravestones in the churchyard.Gravestone of the Rev. Benjamin Tallmadge, pastor of the Setauket Presbyterian Church and father of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge who was head of General Washington's secret service during the Revolutionary War

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Setauket Local Customs

  • PHOTO: THE SETAUKET VILLAGE...

    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.

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  • Centered around the Setauket...

    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...

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Setauket Off The Beaten Path

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    While exploring Setauket and...

    by BeverlyTyler Written Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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Setauket Favorites

  • Night snow

    Walking in the evening after a snow fall The Frank Melville Memorial Park is lit for the holiday season

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  • Winter season walk

    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.

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  • See The Village Greens in...

    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...

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