Tag: Raynham Hall
British Commander Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe, while occupying Oyster Bay's Raynham Hall, sent love poems to Sarah Townsend, perhaps the very first Valentine in the country.
Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled by Europeans during the 1600s, Long Island is rich in history and loaded with folklore, myths and urban legends. From ancient Native American burial grounds to remnants of the Revolutionary War to Gatsby-era mansion estates, Long Island is hallowed ground—the stage for countless triumphs and tragedies throughout the centuries.
Many think Long Island is a typical boring suburbia devoid of anything unusual besides the Big Duck, but looking deeper reveals a region replete with stories of aliens, ghosts and Bigfoot sightings. Local reports of extraterrestrial, psychic and cryptozoological phenomena have been met with skepticism as well as trust, but some claims are easier to explain away than others. The sheer number of such purported sightings suggests the Island’s residents either have wild imaginations or are indeed living in a cauldron of metaphysical mysteries.
The Culper Spy Ring would come to be regarded as the most effective of any intelligence-gathering operation on either side during the Revolutionary War.