Three Village Historical Society

Three Village Historical Society Bringing History to Life. Bringing History to Life The Three Village Historical Society has been operating for nearly 60 years to preserve and improve important aspects of the Three Village Area.
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Mission: The Three Village Historical Society exists to foster and preserve local history and educate the public about our rich cultural heritage. Educational programs are developed by collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and other materials of local significance and by doing research on the history of the people who have lived in the Three Village area from earliest habitation to the present.

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The snow seems to have slowed for a bit - time to get out and shovel, but be safe and go slow!Pictured here is a scene o...
02/18/2021

The snow seems to have slowed for a bit - time to get out and shovel, but be safe and go slow!

Pictured here is a scene of people shoveling out the service stations at Christian Avenue looking west, after a big snowfall in late February 1934. (From the Collection of the Three Village Historical Society Archives. Image copyright © Three Village Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

108 years later and this message continues to ring true. The message on this 1913 photograph reads, “The winter of 1913 ...
02/18/2021

108 years later and this message continues to ring true.

The message on this 1913 photograph reads, “The winter of 1913 was a terrible cold time.” In January to February ice was piled 8 to 10 feet high in places. Pictured here is C. Clifford Peterman at Shipman’s point in background. (From the Collection of the Three Village Historical Society Archives. Image copyright © Three Village Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

Today is Random Acts of Kindness day.Here are some simple suggestions for how to start your own ripple...
02/17/2021

Today is Random Acts of Kindness day.
Here are some simple suggestions for how to start your own ripple...

We've got a full year of virtual lectures coming your way! Find anything on the list that piques your interest?
02/16/2021
TVHS 2021 virtual lecture series brings renowned speakers to living rooms near and far | TBR News Media

We've got a full year of virtual lectures coming your way! Find anything on the list that piques your interest?

TVHS 2021 virtual lecture series brings renowned speakers to living rooms near and far Arts & EntertainmentCommunityEventsHistoryOrganizationsNonprofitsVillage Times Herald by TBR Staff - February 16, 2021 0 45 ‘Eel Spearing at Setauket,’ 1845, by William Sidney Mount The Three Village Historica...

Today, we honor the birthday of General George Washington - leader of the Culper Spy Ring.  And in his honor, we present...
02/15/2021

Today, we honor the birthday of General George Washington - leader of the Culper Spy Ring. And in his honor, we present you with the dish he likely ate, when he visited and spent the night in Setauket.

1790 Chicken Pie – George Washington’s Tour of Long Island

In the first year of his presidency, George Washington undertook a number of visits to the colonies, now the new America. According to his diary, his five-day tour of Long Island (April 19 to 24, 1790) began in Islip. After stopping for tea at the home of William Greene, West Sayville, he dined on oysters at Harts Tavern, Patchogue, and then made for the North Shore. En route he took noon dinner at Lucy Wallace Smith’s Coram Tavern, rested there, and moved on to Setauket. There he stayed at the tavern of patriot Austin Roe, an important, secret member of Culper’s spy ring during the Revolution.

Speculation on the Coram menu should take into account the village’s substantial government role, favored economic position, and the unusual seasonal limitations. Washington’s April meal was undoubtedly determined by the supply of preserved autumn foods still at hand – certainly ham, root cellar vegetables and apples. Perhaps there were chickens for roasting or stewing, and newly butchered veal. Dinner surely included good wine, fresh bread, puddings and cakes, preserves, fresh fruit, nuts and cheese, all in the English-American fashion, in keeping with the community’s character.

“To make a Chicken Pie:
Make a puff-paste crust, take two chickens, cut them to pieces, season them with pepper and salt, a little beaten mace, lay a force-meal made thus round the side of the dish: take half a pound of veal, half a pound of suet, beat them quite fine in a marble mortar, with as many crumbs of bread; season it with a very little pepper and salt, an anchovy with the liquor, cut the anchovy to pieces, a little lemon-peel cut very fine and shred small, a very little thyme, mix all together with the yolk of an egg; make some into round balls, about twelve, the rest lay round the dish; lay in one chicken over the bottom of the dish, take two sweetbreads, cut them into five or six pieces, lay them all over, season them with pepper and salt, strew over them half an ounce of truffles and morels, two or three artichoke-bottoms cut to pieces, a few cock’s combs, (if you have them,) a plate boiled tender and cut to pieces; then lay on the other part of the chicken, put half a pint of water, and cover the pie; bake it well, and when it comes out of the oven, fill it with good gravy, lay it on the crust, and send it to table.”

Interpretation:
Force meat (like rich sausage) is the key to flavoring the dish, and makes a dramatic side crust. Hannah Glasse’s directions are fine. You may use bulk breakfast sausage, enriched with mashed anchovy, shredded lemon peel, and egg yolk, as a good short-cut. Sweetbreads and mushrooms are a lovely addition. Forget cock’s combs, and cover with your favorite pie dough crust. Bake at 375 for 1 hour, or until the meats are done.

Taste Note: Taverns were the hotels and restaurants of the past. Depending on location and clientele, their menus could be elaborate, ordinary, or meager. A noted gourmet, Washington probably chose the best tavern in the area. Although there is little evidence of his Brookhaven menus, a Huntington account recorded his elaborate dinner there only a few days later, and included chicken pie, one of the elegant English-American dishes of the time. The Hannah Glasse recipe (The Art of Cookery, London, 1796 edition) is a fairly rich version likely favored by Brookhaven’s upper circles.

Valentine’s Day Cards. (From the Collection of the Three Village Historical Society Archives. Image copyright © Three Vi...
02/14/2021

Valentine’s Day Cards. (From the Collection of the Three Village Historical Society Archives. Image copyright © Three Village Historical Society. All rights reserved.) 

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.)

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Three Village Historical Society!
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That’s a wrap on our first ever Gingerbread Historic Build Challenge in collaboration with Gallery North! Thank you so m...
02/13/2021

That’s a wrap on our first ever Gingerbread Historic Build Challenge in collaboration with Gallery North! Thank you so much to all of the participants and congratulations to the winners! You all blew us away with your creative abilities to replicate such iconic Three Village structures. It was tough, but after much deliberation our judges Jacqueline Nolan Clancy and Beverly Tyler chose the top 3 today! (If you’re one of the winners, someone will be in touch about picking up your prize!) All entries will be on display at Gallery North all week long!

What is everyone cooking up for Lunar New Year tonight? While searching through the various historical cookbooks in stoc...
02/12/2021

What is everyone cooking up for Lunar New Year tonight?

While searching through the various historical cookbooks in stock at at the Three Village Historical Society we found this entry from “A Taste of Brookhaven - Four hundred years of history in the kitchen” by Alice Ross

1947 - Chinese Stir Fried Asparagus - Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton has, since 1947, been the gathering place for a community of noted international scientists an their families. Their “Cooking Exchange” gathered on a regular basis to share good food and expertise, and, in 1970, published a cookbook entitled “The Glorious World of International Cookery, Volume II” (published by the Brookhaven Employees Recreation Association).

Jacqueline Newman, known widely as a noted expert in Chinese cooking and foodways, was an active member fo the group for some 12 years, serving as chair between 1969 and 1971. She went on to create international career around what had begun as a hobby. The following recipe was submitted to the cookbook by Jackie and her chemist-husband, Leonard Newman.

“Stir-Fried Asparagus”
- 1 pound asparagus, cut obliquely in 1 1/2” lengths
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 slices fresh peeled ginger root, minced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Using a wok or large frying pan, heat oil and salt over high heat. Stir fry asparagus stalks for two minutes. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir in and reduce heat. Quickly cover and let simmer for three minutes. Serve immediately!

Taste Note: “The Glorious World of International Cooker, Volume II”, edited by Josette Auerbach, Jacqueline Newman, and Terri Pittinger, included many of the group’s best recipes. The international quality of its food forecast America’s soon-to-be-born passion for ethnic foodways.

For this recipe and so many more that date back to the 1600’s purchase a copy of “A Taste of Brookhaven - Four hundred years of history in the kitchen” for $15 now at https://three-village-historical-society.square.site/product/taste-of-brookhaven/81?cs=true&cst=custom

Black history is American history.We invite you to watch TVHS Historian Bev Tyler's lecture entitled "The History of the...
02/11/2021
The History of the American Slave Ship Wanderer and Her Enslaved Peoples with Bev Tyler (8/31/20)

Black history is American history.

We invite you to watch TVHS Historian Bev Tyler's lecture entitled "The History of the American Slave Ship Wanderer and Her Enslaved Peoples". This is a recording of the lecture and Q&A that followed on August 31, 2020.

In spite of the fact that in 1808, Federal Law prohibited the importation of slaves into the United State, the beautifully appointed schooner yacht Wanderer brought approximately 400 enslaved people, men women and children from the west coast of Africa to the slave state Georgia in November, 1858, just three years before the American Civil War (1861-1865). The details of this tragic event where more than 80 Africans died during the approximately month and-a-half voyage and those that arrived sick, emaciated and desperate, were quickly sold into the system of human bondage.

This is the story of one infamous schooner, the people who were involved with her for good or ill, during her short life, and the enslaved people who suffered enslavement and death as a result.

In spite of the fact that in 1808, Federal Law prohibited the importation of slaves into the United State, the beautifully appointed schooner yacht Wanderer ...

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02/10/2021
Our upcoming lecture at TVHS

Have you seen our latest news?

William Sidney Mount Support TVHS, Become A Member! February's Lecture with Art Historian Louise Cella Caruso: Monday, February 22nd at 7pm $5 Suggested Donation FREE for current TVHS Members! Registr

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02/09/2021

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost?

Simply start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-6080527 to confirm "Three Village Historical Society" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.

On this day, February 9th - 50 years ago in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran t...
02/09/2021

On this day, February 9th - 50 years ago in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was inducted. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.” Thank you, Satchel, for breaking barriers.

Closer to home, we honor our very own hometown hero, Hub Edwards. In the summer of 2020, we honored Hub and the love of Three Village baseball by making a commemorative Setauket Baseball T-shirt with Hub’s number on it, to help raise funds for the Society. How many of you were able to get your hands on one?!

In preparation for our upcoming lecture on William Sidney Mount, we bring you “William Sidney Mount: Portrait of a Long ...
02/07/2021
William Sidney Mount: Portrait of a Long Island Man

In preparation for our upcoming lecture on William Sidney Mount, we bring you “William Sidney Mount: Portrait of a Long Island Man” by Tara Mae (originally written September 6, 2020)

William Sidney Mount was an artist whose Long Island heritage was integral to his identity and his art. Most famous for his portrayals of local and natural life, Mount's initial interest in historical paintings and his commissions for death portraiture led him to create the work that would become his legacy. What Mount witnessed and experienced determined how he rendered the realm he could control: his art.

He was born in Setauket on November 26, 1807. His parents, Julia Ann Hawkins and Thomas Shephard Mount, had a farm and also ran a store and tavern on the edge of the village green. Interested in artistic endeavors from a young age, with his family’s support, set out to pursue that goal.

Click below to read more and click here to register for the February 22nd lecture: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/william-sidney-mount-his-life-and-his-work-registration-138528503483

By Tara Mae William Sidney Mount was an artist whose Long Island heritage was integral to his identity and his art. Most famous for his portrayals of local and natural life, Mount's initial interest in historical paintings and his commissions for death portraiture led him to create the work that wou...

More snow is on the way! Who is Team Snow??! ❄️ ⛄️ Pictured: LIRR Stony Brook NY Train Station & Steam Engine. LIRR #111...
02/07/2021

More snow is on the way! Who is Team Snow??! ❄️ ⛄️

Pictured: LIRR Stony Brook NY Train Station & Steam Engine. LIRR #111 with snow, c. 1953. - Three Village Historical Society Archives
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The Station House Restaurant and Old Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - Postcard, 1966. Three Village Historical Society archive...
02/05/2021

The Station House Restaurant and Old Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - Postcard, 1966. Three Village Historical Society archives.

Previously operated as the Bayberry House, The Station House was a popular spot on Route 25A. Opened by Dr. Richard Rugen on May 1, 1959, it was sold in 1969 and closed in the early 1970s. The ice cream parlor had a firehouse theme. The vacant building burned in 1976 and was replaced by a strip of small stores.

While we’ve got your attention, please note, we’ll be in the Gift Shop at headquarters today (2/5/21) from 11am - 2pm if you’re still looking to pick up your Candlelight House Tour book!
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What a great little snippet of history! Paul reached out to us a few days ago letting us know they uncovered this nearly...
02/04/2021

What a great little snippet of history! Paul reached out to us a few days ago letting us know they uncovered this nearly perfect piece of original wallpaper from one of the Cambridge houses in the M section (Strathmore in Stony Brook) while renovating their mothers kitchen! Thanks Paul, this is a great addition for our archives. #history #strathmore #stonybrook #longisland #wallpaper #threevillagehistory #tvhs

Three Village friends - were you able to dig out?! Good news - we cleared the snow in our parking lot, and our gift shop...
02/04/2021

Three Village friends - were you able to dig out?! Good news - we cleared the snow in our parking lot, and our gift shop will be open from 10am - 1pm today and 11am - 2pm tomorrow!

02/04/2021
Fraunces Tavern® Museum

This has us missing our monthly lecture series Carrot Cake courtesy of Mr. Frank Turano! Happy National Carrot Cake Day!

Celebrate #NationalCarrotCakeDay with Samuel Fraunces’ very own carrot cake recipe!

This carrot cake was reportedly served during the Evacuation Day Dinner at Fraunces Tavern on November 25, 1783. Though we don’t have an official record that Fraunces served this exact cake, it’s likely that he served carrot pudding at the Tavern.

This recipe, courtesy of cookbook author Anne Byrn, was adapted to only include ingredients that would have been available to Fraunces at the time. Get the full recipe: https://bit.ly/39HYkX6

Black history is American history. We invite you to read a little about Wanderer, the infamous slave ship that was built...
02/03/2021
The Slave Ship Wanderer

Black history is American history.

We invite you to read a little about Wanderer, the infamous slave ship that was built in East Setauket a half-century after Congress banned the slave trade, and the horrific voyage it took despite Federal law.

This article was originally written for the Summer 2015 Historian.

Joseph Rowland’s home and shipyard is in East Setauket at the intersection of Shore Road and Bayview Avenue. Rowland built the 106 foot scho

In an effort to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans from our area, we’d like to share this 1996 NYTime...
02/02/2021

In an effort to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans from our area, we’d like to share this 1996 NYTimes article featuring the late Ted Green as he discussed his long family lineage in Setauket.

“He points to a pastoral print of his great-grandmother on his father's side, Rachel Holland Hart, standing in a boat in neighboring Strong's Neck, spearing for eels. Judd Strong, a member of a prominent family for whom Rachel Hart worked, is rowing in the back seat.

The print is of an oil painting titled "Eel Spearing at Setauket," painted by William Sidney Mount in 1845. Mount, a celebrated 19th-century American artist who lived in neighboring Stony Brook, is known for his detailed genre paintings that captured 19th-century life on Long Island, and for portraits of local villagers. He was also a musician and composer. While toting his art supplies on a horse-drawn wagon, he found his inspiration in scenes like barn dances, country fields and a farmer's noon respite.”

https://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/25/nyregion/black-history-traced-in-mount-show-in-setauket.html

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Founded in 1964, the Three Village Historical Society is a predominantly volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the rich and venerable history of the Three Village area.

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The Three Village Historical Society has been operating for over 56 years to preserve and improve important aspects of the Three Village Area. Finally purchasing a headquarters in 1998 from the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, The Historical Society contains offices and exhibit space. There is a fireproofed wing in the building for storage and an archivist is available to aid in the use of historical materials which are archived at the Emma S. Clark Library. Along with an extensive archive of historical information, the Three Village Historical Society offers in classroom education about Long Island history and field trips to various locations throughout the Three Village Area. There are numerous events such as the annual Candlelight Tour featuring a variety of historical homes throughout the Three Village Area. Several Society members have published books on the area which are available at the gift shop. The Historical Society continues its success in upholding its mission goals to develop educational resources and nurture the development of the area's historical heritage.

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