About the Property
Built in 1665 and known as the oldest house in the Town of Brookhaven, the Brewster House, was home to six generations of Brewsters. The house has transformed over the centuries from the one-room cottage to its present saltbox structure. During the American Revolution, Joseph Brewster operated the house as a tavern and general store, entertaining British troops inside. American Patriot Caleb Brewster, cousin of Joseph Brewster and presumably a frequent visitor to the house, was a member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War.
About the Program
The Taste of the Tavern program at the Brewster House allows a group to not only explore the oldest house in the town of Brookhaven, but learn about the way that colonial long islanders lived under British rule during the American Revolution. The history of the Culper Spy Ring is brought to life with an interactive and engaging escape room. In this escape room, you will discover for yourself where Joseph Brewster’s loyalties lied – to the British who controlled his family’s welfare or the patriots who promised freedom. After the escape room, guests will experience an authentic colonial bite to eat and tea or cider to drink in the original tavern room (circa 1740).
The Brewster House is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.
Adult Fee: For groups of 20 or less, $12 per person. For groups of 20 or more – the 20th person and so on, $10 per person.
Location: The Brewster House, c. 1665
Address: 16 Runs Road East Setauket NY 11733