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 This 1778 map shows the area where the spy ring operated in Setauket. The Village Green and mill pond are visible in the center. The Setauket Presbyterian Church is labeled as "A" with the Tory troop encampment shown behind the church.
Tours begin at the Caroline Church parking lot next to the carriage shed where Abraham Woodhull tells of growing up in Setauket and explains how the spy ring began. The address of Caroline Episcopal Church is 1 Dyke Road, Setauket, NY 11733

Walk Through History with Farmer & Spy Abraham Woodhull

2017 WALKING TOURS  -   Look here and on 

Saturday, April 1

Sunday, April 30

Saturday, May 27

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, July 9

Saturday, August 5

Saturday, October 7

Saturday, November 11 (Veterans Day - Veterans Free)

All tours start at 2:00 PM from the Caroline Church parking lot at the Carriage Shed along Dyke Road at the Setauket Village Green. The address is 1 Dyke Road, Setauket, NY 11733

The cost of the program is $10 per person. Additional tours for 10 or more can be scheduled by contacting the Three Village Historical Society at 751-3730.

All program fees are for the benefit of the Three Village Historical Society


In this living history walk you will meet farmer and Revolutionary War Spy Chief Abraham Woodhull, portrayed by historian Beverly Tyler, who leads tour-goers on a walk through the nature sanctuary that was once Woodhull’s farm.

Tour-goers are introduced to the woods, fields, ponds and bays that tell the story of Long Island’s colonization and settlement preceding the Revolution and the creation of the new nation.

After visiting sites that include the Woodhull homestead on Little Bay, The Frank Melville Memorial Park and Sanctuary, Little Bay, the high and low marsh at Conscience Bay, Setauket Grist Mill, Patriot’s Rock, and the Setauket Village Green, Setauket Presbyterian Church graveyard and the Caroline Church of Brookhaven, tour-goers will learn how Benjamin Tallmadge, head of General Washington’s Secret Service, set up an undercover message system.

Tours conducted for youth, families and adults are arranged by calling the Three Village Historical Society at 631-751-3730. E-mail: info@tvhs.org. You may contact historian Beverly Tyler directly at 631-928-9534.
E-mail: BevTyler@aol.com.

NOTES: Long Island was under British control during the Revolutionary War. Patriots operating under spy chief Abraham Woodhull spied on British troops and carried vital information to General Washington.

For more images of this tour, see Woodhull Field Trip on the above menu.

Available Book Sources:

Discover Setauket, Brookhaven’s Original Settlement.

Walk Through History, A Guided Walking Tour of Brookhaven’s Original Settlement in Setauket.