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Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British Occupation

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
 
The British Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
1. The British Occupation Marker
Inscription.
In 1775, the populace of Oyster Bay was divided, with only 20 percent supporting American independence. Among this small group of rebels was local merchant and politician Samuel Townsend, the owner of what is today Raynham Hall Museum.

In 1776, British troops had successfully expelled the rebel army from Long Island. For the next seven years, the British Army would control the island from Brooklyn to Orient Point.

In the fall of 1778, Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe and more than 400 members of the Queen’s Rangers regiment arrived in Oyster Bay to establish winter quarters, and to man an existing hilltop fort. Simcoe established the Townsends’ home as his headquarters for the winter, while junior officers and enlisted men were quartered other homes around the village, including the Earl Wightman House. The Queen’s Rangers left Oyster Bay exactly six months after their arrival.
 
Erected by State of New York.
 
Location. 40° 52.25′ N, 73° 31.824′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Summit Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The British Occupation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
2. The British Occupation Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Earle-Wightman House Museum (here, next to this marker); Matinecock Lodge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fortified Hill (about 600 feet away); Raynham Hall (about 600 feet away); Raynham Hall Museum (about 700 feet away); The Culper Spy Ring (about 700 feet away); The great chain hoax . . . . (about 700 feet away); Fort Hill (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
 
More about this marker. Four pictures appear on the marker. These include an image of Raynham Hall, a portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe, a copy of Simcoe’s 1778 Map of Oyster Bay and a picture of The Queen’s Rangers. The later has a caption of “(1st American Regt 1776-1783) Military Uniforms in America: The Era of the American Revolution 1755-1793, The Company of Military History © 1974.”
 
Also see . . .  The Earle-Wightman House and Garden. Oyster Bay Historical Society website. (Submitted on May 29, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Oyster Bay image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
3. Marker in Oyster Bay
The British Occupation marker is seen here in front of the Earl Wightman House.
Earl Wightman House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
4. Earl Wightman House
This c. 1720 house today serves as the headquarters of the Oyster Bay Historical Society.
Raynham Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
5. Raynham Hall
Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe made his headquarters in this house during the winter of 1778-79. It is located a block north of the Earl Wightman House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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