AMC’s ‘Turn’ Puts Eyes on Long Island

AMC Network's Turn
AMC Network's Turn

If you missed the pilot of AMC’s “Turn,” the drama about America’s first spy ring with roots in Oyster Bay and Setauket, take heart. The network is running the episode again this week, and is available for 29 days online.

The first espisode looks at the Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War, when a “Long Island farmer is recruited to spy on the British Army.”

But Oyster Bay’s Robert Townsend – Samuel Culper Jr. who is perhaps regarded today as the most key figure in the spy ring – does not appear first 10 episodes, according to Newsday, as he did not join the organization until a year after it was formed.

In his role, Townsend sent messages from Manhattan to Setauket that were then communicated by traveling across the Long Island Sound via whale boat to General George Washington's headquarters in Connecticut. The Townsend home is a now a museum, known today as Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay. 

Catch the episode this week on AMC on on Tuesday at 1 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 p.m. or online.

Are you watching “Turn”? Without divulging any spoiler alerts, are you enjoying the series? Tell us in the comments.

Benjamin Heins April 08, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Steve, the culper ring was also not the start of the secret service. The secret service was formed nearly 100 years later to combat counterfeiting.
Andrea Gurvitz April 08, 2014 at 04:00 PM
The Townsend's home is in Oyster Bay and is called Raynham Hall and is open to the public. That's why he's buried next to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay. Three Village Historical Society is the go to site to learn how to tour Setauket's Spy Ring landmarks. Also, www.longislandheritagetrail.com
george moraitis April 09, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I viewed the list of the cast members and I do not see 'Austin Roe'. Whose tavern was used and made horseback 'spy' runs between Setauket & Brooklyn and back. Interesting.
george moraitis April 09, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Best line in series thus far: Brewster's " A little place you may know called Setauket" .....
brookhavenconfucius May 10, 2014 at 07:35 AM


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