Experience a sense of yesteryear charging the air as you travel along actual trails and sites British forces and American Patriots once roamed during the days of General George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring — during one of Three Village Historical Society’s Tri-Spy Tours. Enjoy the spy-days adventure, through fall (see dates), how you like it, as well, by taking a walking tour (can’t wait, my choice), or deciding to tour by bike or kayak.
The walking tour is a 3-mile activity; the biking option, a 15-mile trek; and the kayak tour, offered by appointment only, is an estimated four-hour tour. Significant sites you can expect to see are the Strong Family Cemetery, the creek at Conscience Bay, Patriot’s Rock and the Tyler-Jayne Tavern (c. 1750). Those kayaking have the opportunity to see the home where Benjamin Tallmadge, the colonel who formed the network of spies for General Washington, was born; and visit the proposed site of “Nancy’s clothesline,” where American Patriot Anna Smith Strong of Setauket hung petticoats and handkerchiefs as a way of passing along secret information.
Currently, tour dates, which are subject to change depending on weather, are:
BIKE TOUR: Starts/ends at Three Village Historical Society, 93 N. Country Road, Setauket
May 4, 10 a.m.
June 9, 10 a.m.
July 20, 9 a.m.
Aug. 23, 9 a.m.
Sept. 21 10 a.m.
Oct. 20, 10 a.m.
WALKING TOUR: Starts at entrance of Frank Melville Park, 1 Old Field Road, Setauket
May 18, 10 a.m.
July 21, 9 a.m.
Aug. 25, 9 a.m.
Oct. 12, 10 a.m.
Nov. 29 (“Turkey Trot”), 1 p.m.
KAYAK TOUR: Starts at Town of Brookhaven Beach, Shore Road, East Setauket
July 14, 9 a.m.
Aug. 3, 2 p.m.
Aug. 18, 1 p.m.
More info: 631-751-3730 · tvhs.org/tri-spy-tours