Austin Roe,Tavern keeper

Austin Roe (1749 – 1830) was the owner of Roe’s Tavern and Roe’s Eagle Hotel and a member of the Culper Ring, a successful spy network during the American Revolution that was organized in 1778 by George Washington. Mr. Washington stayed at the Tavern on a visit to East Setauket in 1790 on a tour of Long Island. Mr. Roe, as part of  the spy ring, was as a courier for messages across the 55 miles that separated the spy ring’s two centers of operation – New York City and Setauket. Both areas were occupied by the British, but he was able to secretly relay messages from… Read More

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James Rivington, journalist, publisher, spy?

James Rivington (1724 – July 1802) was an English-born American journalist who published a loyalist newspaper in the American colonies called Rivington’s Gazette. Some scholars in the 1950s determined that despite all outward appearances, Rivington was a member of the American Culper Spy Ring. Rivington was one of the sons of the bookseller and publisher Charles Rivington and inherited a share of his father’s business, which he lost at the Newmarket races. In 1760 he sailed to North America and resumed his occupation in Philadelphia. In 1761, he came to NYC and opened a print-shop at the foot of Wall… Read More

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