Why did General Washington create the Culper Spy Ring? Bring your students on a journey to the Brewster House Inn & Tavern to find out. This authentic historic site (c. 1665) was where neighbors gathered to share news, and where British soldiers ate and slept during their occupation of Long Island in the midst of the American Revolution.
This living history experience is set in 1777, after the Battle of Long Island and the death of Nathan Hale. Students will meet Rebecca Brewster, who is completely unaware that her neighbors have just begun to spy as members of the Culper Spy Ring! During their conversation with Rebecca, students will learn about life under British occupation. In a group activity, students will discover how the secret spy ring operated and will speculate on why it was so successful. Then, students will be put to the test and become spies themselves – searching around the Brewster House for a secret message!
We support NY State and Common Core Standard learning. Students use artifacts, primary sources and secondary documents, as well as participate in an exchange of ideas, critical thinking and peer collaboration.
Duration: 1.5 hr
Per Student Fee: 8
Teacher Fee: No Fee for Teachers
Chaperone Fee: We encourage chaperone participation of up to 5 chaperones, and do not charge chaperones in exchange for their support during group activities in the program.
Location: Brewster House
Address: 18 Runs Rd, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733