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Guided tour with historian Bev Tyler explores the history of shipbuilding in Setauket, NY. Guests will learn about shipbuilders, ship captains, and families prominent in Setauket’s maritime history. The walking tour explores the Dyer’s Neck-East Setauket Historic Shipbuilding District where coast-wise and ocean-going ships were built and where these local families, lived, worked and died. You will see the carpenter shop where the construction planning took place and visit the area where completed ships wintered over and where the bones of these ships rest today. This tour will be conducted at low tide so that the bones of the schooners will be uncovered in Scott’s Cove.

​As a special treat you will see the home where Benjamin Tallmadge, General Washington's intelligence chief was born as well as the location of the house where Anna Smith Strong lived during the Revolutionary War and where she setup her clothesline code to let Culper Spy Ring chief Abraham Woodhull know where Caleb Brewster was hiding with his whaleboat to bring spy messages across Long Island Sound to General Washington.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time.  Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended.  Walk-ins MUST pay in cash at the start of tour.

Location: Tours leave from the Town Dock on Shore Road, East Setauket. GPS users can enter 58 Shore Road, East Setauket for directions. The Dock is across the road from this address.


$5 for children under 12 years

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Saturday, April 23: 10 am - 12 pm

Saturday, May 7: 10 am - 12 pm

Saturday, May 21: 3 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, June 4: 10 am - 12 pm

Saturday, July 23: 9 am - 11 am

Saturday, August 13: 9 am - 11 am

Sunday, Sept. 18: 10 am - 12 pm

Saturday, October 8: 10 am - 12 pm

Saturday, November 5: 10 am - 12 pm

Friday, November 25: 1 pm - 3 pm

The remarkable true story of General George Washington’s Setauket Spy Ring has come to life in books, exhibits, and even a television series. Now Long Islanders, and people from around the globe, can discover and relive history for themselves in an ingenious outdoor adventure which takes nature enthusiasts, athletes, and history lovers to a whole new level. The brainchild behind this interactive historical experience is local historian, Margo Arceri, a Strong’s Neck resident who has spent years researching the Culper Spy Ring and its effects on the American Revolutionary War on Long Island. “The Culper Spy Ring is about average people doing extraordinary things,” states Margo Arceri. “These brave men and women, who risked their lives, have changed the course of history. It’s about time they get the recognition they deserve. Tri-Spy is a fun way for people to be active and to learn about the Culper Spy Ring and our Revolutionary War past.” Arceri, who is also a historical educator working in conjunction with the Three Village Historical Society in Setauket, acts as a guide taking cyclists, walkers, and kayakers through the actual trails where the British and patriots once roamed. Tour-goers follow in the actual footsteps of the Culper Spy Ring, and, along the way, historical places of interest are pointed out and discussed.


There are three options to choose from: bike, walk, and kayak tour. The biking adventure is an average 10 mile trek, and the walking tour is a three mile trek. The kayak adventure is by appointment only and is an estimated two hour tour. Those participating in the kayaking tour have the opportunity to see the home where Benjamin Tallmadge was born, and visit the proposed site of the famous “Nancy’s clothesline”, where Anna Smith Strong hung petticoats and handkerchiefs as a means of passing along secret information.


Some other sites along the tours are the Strong Family Cemetery, the creek at Conscience Bay, Setauket Village Green, Patriot’s Rock, the Tyler-Jayne Tavern (c.1750), the 1729 Caroline Church of Brookhaven (one of the oldest surviving structures in Setauket), and Timothy Smith House (the c.1695). Several 19th century homes, churches, and other structures will be seen as well, including the 1812 Setauket Presbyterian Church, General John Roe Satterly House (c.1825).


The historic Three Villages, comprised of the Setaukets, Stony Brook, and the incorporated villages of Old Field and Poquott, was settled as a farming community in 1655, and later became known for its shipbuilding. Its rich history is preserved at the Three Village Historical Society, which is also the home of the Society’s ongoing exhibit SPIES!


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$25 per person with a minimum of 10 people.

$40 per person for both exhibit and walking tour with a minimum of 10 people.

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