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

Fort Hill

Townsend Burying Ground

 
 
Fort Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
1. Fort Hill Marker
Inscription.
      Buried here are John Townsend 1668; Robert Townsend, “Culper, Jr.” (1753 – 1838) of General Washington’s intelligence service and his sister Sally Townsend (1761 – 1842) both instrumental in the disclosure of the Benedict Arnold – John André plot to surrender West Point to the British in 1780. Cemetery owned by the Town of Oyster Bay.
 
Erected by The Friends of Raynham Hall Incorporated.
 
Location. 40° 52.185′ N, 73° 31.945′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Simcoe Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in a cemetery located behind the easternmost house on Simcoe Street. Marker is in this post office area: Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Townsend (a few steps from this marker); Fortified Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The British Occupation (about 700 feet away); Earle-Wightman House Museum (about 700 feet away); Raynham Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Raynham Hall Museum
Fort Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
2. Fort Hill Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Culper Spy Ring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The great chain hoax . . . . (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
 
Also see . . .  The Culper Gang. Spy Letters of the American Revolution. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Townsend Burying Ground image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
3. Marker in Townsend Burying Ground
Townsend Burying Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
4. Townsend Burying Ground Marker
Marker is seen here from outside the cemetery.
Grave of John Townsend image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
5. Grave of John Townsend
John Townsend settled in Oyster Bay in 1661 after arriving from England. He owned the land where this cemetery is located.
Graves of Robert and Sally Townsend image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 5, 2013
6. Graves of Robert and Sally Townsend
Robert Townsend and his sister Sally were part of the Culper Spy Ring that provided valuable information to Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 695 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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