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Discovery Wetlands Cruise

Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s pontoon boat “Discovery” departs from Stony Brook Marine Services located in Stony Brook, NY.  The  27 passenger vessel cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 1 1/2 hour tour.  A naturalist on board explains the wildlife that passengers observe, the natural and human history of the area and the individuals and events that have shaped it

PLEASE NOTE… the Saturday, October 14th cruise is SOLD OUT. There is still available seats on the Sunday, October 15th cruise. 

2023 Reservation Pricing

$45  – Per Person (Over 12 Years Old)

$30 – Ages 3 – 12 Years Old

Ages 2 and Under – FREE

As there is a maximum capacity onboard, we strongly recommend calling ahead to make reservations. We do allow for walk-ons – walk-on pricing is different and is CASH ONLY.

2023 Walk-On Pricing [CASH ONLY]

$50 – Per Person (Over 12 Years Old)

$35 – Ages 3 – 12 Years Old

Ages 2 and under – FREE

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*Reservations are NOW being taken – (631) 751-2244*

2023 Full Boat Reservation Pricing

Full boat reservations must be made in advance

$675 per cruise (up to 27 passengers)

To make a reservation and for any questions, please call 631-751-2244. PLEASE NOTE OUR OFFICE IS ONLY OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY 9AM – 5PM

            

 

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Duration: 1.5 Location: Stony Brook Marine Services – Across from the Three Village Inn Address: Address: 55 Shore Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790 Directions
Contact: 631-751-2244
A Taste of the Tavern at The Brewster House, c. 1665

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 presentation of the changing home, family and occupants through the centuries. 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 experience, guests will experience an authentic colonial tea 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.

Duration: 1.5 Adult Fee: For this program fee, please contact 631-751-2244 for more information. Location: The Brewster House, c. 1665 Address: 16 Runs Road East Setauket NY 11733
Contact: 631-751-2244
The Thompson House, circa 1709

About the Property

Built in 1709, this five-room saltbox farmhouse is one of the largest houses in the Town of Brookhaven. The Thompson House was home to five generations of Thompsons. American Patriot, Farmer and Physician, Doctor Thompson was a prestigious member of the Setauket community, who treated many local residents. Members of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring are listed in his “Cash Receipt Book,” c. 1787, which was a list of his patients.

About the Program

The adult program at the Thompson House focuses on the development of medicine since the 18th century. It includes a look into the complex life that Dr. Samuel Thompson lived – as a doctor, apothecary, slave-owner and American patriot. Guests will learn about the influences of Thompson’s life, especially his involvement in the Revolutionary War and his bloodletting practices. A discussion of Revolutionary War diseases including Yellow Fever, Smallpox and dysentery will give guests and understanding of the impact illness has had on the course of American history. With this program, guests will be able to select a choice of tea to drink while they learn about the natural medicines that doctors would have prescribed during the Revolutionary War.

The Thompson house is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.

Duration: 1.0 Adult Fee: For this program fee, please contact 631-751-2244 for more information. Location: The Thompson House Address: 91 North Country Road East Setauket NY 11733

Contact: 631-751-2244
Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751

About the Property

The Stony Brook Grist Mill, Long Island’s most completely equipped working mill, is listed on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places.

During the 1800s, a vineyard was planted on the island in the Mill Pond. Catawba grapes were pressed and fermented in the Stony Brook Grist Mill, bottled in Brooklyn and sold at a nearby tavern.  In earlier times, the mill was the center of community life. People exchanged news and gossip as they waited for the miller to grind their grain. In the 19th century a miller by the name of Alois Kopriva who emigrated from Poland, played the violin and entertained his guests with gypsy music. Kopriva was also an advocate for women’s right to vote. As recently as the 1950’s, farmers still brought their wheat and corn to be ground at the mill. Miller Schaefer ground natural wheat at the mill and shipped his “health food” to customers in 42 states.

About the Program

The adult program at the Stony Brook Grist Mill invites its guests to learn about the inner workings of a mill and trace the evolution of industry in America from the early 18th century to today. Visitors will hear about the owners and workers of the mill and how it has developed over 320 years. After the program, the Country Store will be open for your shopping pleasure.

Cost: For this program fee, please contact 631-751-2244 for more information.

Duration: 1.0 Location: The Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751 Address: 100 Harbor Road Stony Brook NY 11790
Contact: 631-751-2244
Erwin J. Ernst Marine Conservation Center (EMCC)

About the Property

Located in the heart of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve is the Erwin J. Ernst Marine Conservation Center (EMCC).  Named after Dr. Erwin J. Ernst, the Center has been an important part of WMHO for more than 50 years. The building houses two classrooms, a learning lab, microscopes and touch tanks.

About the Program

The adult program at the EMCC includes a discussion on conservation history, the DNA of our marine ancestors and current ecological challenges facing our planet.  A short nature walk follows where guests will identify birds, marine invertebrates and the marsh plants. Healthy snack included.

Duration: 1.5 Adult Fee: For this program fee, please contact 631-751-2244 for more information. Location: The Ernst Marine Conservation Center Address: Trustee’s Road, East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: 631-751-2244