Spirits of the Three Village Cemetery Tour each October with actors playing the parts of famous community residents.
What Your Dollars Support
The Three Village Historical Society works within the community to explore, foster, preserve, and promote local history through education. Educational programs are developed by researching, collecting and preserving artifacts, documents, and other materials of local historical significance.
Local history programs are offered by area experts toTVHS members and the public, free of charge, on the third Monday of January, February, April, May, June, September, October and November. This program will be expanded to include visiting scholars to share their expertise with the society’s membership.
Living History Programs
Each year committees continue to research, develop and improve upon the scripts and customs that our actors and docents use to bring history alive. Village Green Walking Tours are scheduled from April to November once a month on weekends. Spirits of the Three Village Cemetery Tour each October with actors playing the parts of famous community residents. The Candlelight House Tour links the past with the present by showcasing beautifully decorated private homes revealing the lives and lifestyles of past owners.
Spirits of the Three Village Cemetery Tour each October with actors playing the parts of famous community residents. On Culper Spy Day you will have the chance to visit the places where history was made and visit with area groups to learn all about the patriots who risked their lives to help win the revolution. Check our events calendar for dates and times of all our events.
Current exhibit now on view at the Society Headquarters:
Chicken Hill: A Community Lost to Time
Spies! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution.
Open Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. $10 Adults, $5 Children/Students
Free admission for TVHS Members
Click here for more information or call 631-751-3730
“History Live” in the Classrooms
The Three Village Historical Society, in collaboration with students at Minnesauke Elementary School, received the 2005 Save Our History National First Place Bank of America Classroom Award given by The History Channel.
Under the leadership of the Society, Part One of a five-part process was undertaken in the 2004 school year to:
- Create an activity for the fourth grade curriculum.
- Develop a genealogy database by putting together the names of everyone buried in the Three Village community;
- Undertake a cemetery preservation project to preserve the stones;
- Use ground penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves; and
- Photograph every gravestone in the community.
The Society also offers several local history programs for in-classroom presentation to New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County school districts, including Long Island During the American Revolution.
Significant publications written by Society members include our most recent “SPIES! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution (2013)” and “The Three Villages: Then and Now (2008)”, and the works: “Images of America; The Setaukets: Old Field, and Poquott;” released in December 2005, and “Images of America: Stony Brook (2003);” “William Sidney Mount: Family, Friends, and Ideas (1999)” is sold in gift shops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, and other major cultural institutions throughout the five boroughs and on Long Island. Invaluable reference books on local history and culture include “The Three Village Guidebook;2002” “Setauket: The First Three Hundred Years;1980 second edition” and “Discover Setauket: Brookhaven’s Original Settlement (1994); and “The Sailing Circle; 19th Century Seafaring Women from New York (1995),” written by Joan Druett and Mary Anne Wallace and published in cooperation with the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, earned the Three Village Historical Society the The Award of Merit (1996) from the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). Publications may be purchased from the Three Village Historical Society gift shop or by mail. For more information click here.
National Recognition and Awards of Excellence
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) bestows its prestigious Albert B. Corey Award. The award recognizes primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination in their work. We are proud to say that the Three Village Historical Society, in competition with thousands of institutions nationwide, received this award in 1996 for Excellence in Local Historical Endeavor, for our myriad of programs and activities, including our exhibition, “The Sailing Circle: 19th Century Seafaring Women for New York,” the “Living History Project”, “Eel Catching in Setauket,” and “A Living Library – The African-American, Chrsitian Avenue Community.” “The Sailing Circle” and the “Living History Project” were collaborative undertakings involving respectively the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the Theatre Arts Department of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
The History Channel, in conjunction with the national Preserve America initiative, established by President Bush in March 2003, share the belief that knowledge of our nation’s history is essential to the appreciation of our heritage. Save Our History provides teachers with lesson plans, ideas and incentives for student participation to engage young people in community preservation projects. Our in school program is now part of the 2005 Educator’s Manual, a national curriculum guide distributed for teachers and youth group leaders reaching students in Grades 2-12.
In 1998, The History Channel produced a one hour show in cooperation with Three Village Historical Society and Raynham Hall Museum. Through period documents, interviews with leading historians at both institutions and recent discoveries, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES presents the stirring saga of the agents whose dangerous work paved the way to freedom. “History’s Mysteries: Spies of the Revolutionary War.”