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A 1780 map of Fort St. George by Major Benjamin Tallmadge.    SUNY Stony Brook University Library

The Ketcham Inn and the Curious Case of the Culper Connection (Part 4)

June 13, 2015

Anna Smith Strong’s cousin, William Smith, was a member of the Provincial Congress and the Lord of St. George’s Manor, an old family estate on Smith’s Point, on the South Shore of Long Island. At the time of the British occupation, Smith and his family were driven from their home and forced to flee to upstate New York.

 
James Rivington hung in effigy; from the Royal Gazette

The Ketcham Inn and the Curious Case of the Culper Connection (Part 3)

June 12, 2015

In January of 1778, Benjamin Havens' brother-in-law, Selah Strong, was imprisoned by the British. That summer, Benjamin Tallmadge commenced his secret operations. In August, George Washington wrote a letter to Caleb Brewster from White Plains, New York.

 
Washington save his arrny at Brooklyn

The Ketcham Inn and the Curious Case of the Culper Connection (Part 2)

June 11, 2015

Over the next several months, members of the Committee of Safety, including Benjamin Havens and Abraham Woodhull, would meet in both Corum and Setauket. Their activities would be short lived.

 
The Terrill-Havens-Terry-Ketcham Inn

The Ketcham Inn and the Curious Case of the Culper Connection (Part 1)

June 10, 2015

In 2010, we told the story of the historicTerrill-Havens-Terry-Ketcham Inn, located in the hamlet of Moriches, in the town of Brookhaven, on the South Shore of Long Island. Now, after 25 years of painstaking restoration the ancient edifice is poised to be reborn.

 
Artists and writers from the the Hamptons colony in 1962 - many made their home in The Springs. by Hans Namuth

The Springs

December 20, 2012

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Juliet's sentiment was entirely understandable and continues to be relevant. What did it matter whether you were a Montague or a Capulet - if you were in love?

 
The height of the season in Montauk - memories of getting tossed and tumbled by the waves.

Visions of Summer

December 1, 2012

I woke up to the reality that winter is upon us - a thick coating of glittering frost. My mind turned to our trip to the Hamptons this summer during the month-long heatwave.

 
Ox Cove Road

Cinqueterre

August 11, 2011

The first time I ever heard the name of one of my favorite Down East destinations, we were still living in Sag Harbor, New York.

 
Northeast view of the Inn c.1900 - c. 1690s wing on right. In background;  KIF recently  became stewards of  five acres of open land to be preserved with a portion dedicated to a Havens-Ketcham Cutural Center.

The Ketcham Inn (Part 2)

December 15, 2010

On the first day of December, 1698, just a month and a half after purchasing a large tract of land known as Warracta Neck, the blacksmith, Samuel Terrill, suffered a calamity so severe that it would leave himself and his family homeless.

 
Ketcham Inn c.1900 with bicycle rack in front.  The dirt road at the edge of the photo was known then as the King’s Highway

The Ketcham Inn (Part I)

December 7, 2010

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I got a hankering for old friends and old haunts. We decided to embark on a visit to the other Eastport; the one on Long Island's East End, just west of that enclave of wealth & celebrity - the Hamptons.

 
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