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 parties of 20 or less, $10 per person. For groups of 20 or more – the 20th person and so on, $8 per person.

Location: The Thompson House
Address: 91 North Country Road East Setauket NY 11733

Contact: 631-751-2244