SPIES! Exhibit Logo of the Three Village Historical Society
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
“The Culper Spy Ring in the Revolutionary War”
Beverly C. Tyler
Community Church of East Williston
After George Washington suffered heavy losses at the beginning of the war, he realized that reliable information about British troop movements was vital. General Washington asked Major Benjamin Tallmadge from Setauket to organize a spy network. Now known as the Culper Spy Ring, it was most active during the years from 1778 to 1781.
Tallmadge first enlisted Abraham Woodhull (alias Culper, Sr.), who was also from Setauket. Later Robert Townsend (“Culper, Jr.”) from Oyster Bay (today’s Raynham Hall) who was living in Manhattan joined the group. SPIES! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution is the Three Village Historical Society’s exhibition in their History Center (93 North Country Road, Setauket). The spy ring has been fictionalized in the AMC television series, Turn: Washington’s Spies.
Beverly C. Tyler is a writer, author, photographer, and lecturer on local history in Setauket. He conducts walking tours and field trips as Revolutionary War farmer and spy Abraham Woodhull and as a 19th century ship captain. Mr. Tyler has appeared on the History Channel’s Histories Mysteries production “Spies of the Revolutionary War.”
More information, and directions, are provided on our Calendar page. There you will also find information about past and future meetings.
Mr. Tyler writes a local history column History Close at Hand for the Village Times Herald. He has written more than 800 local history articles over the past thirty years and his articles have been published in a number of Long Island and regional newspapers and magazines.
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