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Setauket to Port Jefferson Greenway is celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH AT 11:00AM-NOON, Rain or Shine

Midpoint on the Greenway Trail - at Lynx Lane and Bobcat Lane, Setauket

Cost: Free

Yes, it’s been ten years since the Greenway first opened in 2009.  The trail is a New York State Department of Transportation property under the stewardship of the Three Village Community Trust and its Friends of the Greenway.  It has continued to grow in popularity with walkers, bicyclists, and joggers. It is a favorite of moms and dads with baby strollers, running clubs and fitness enthusiasts. And, the Greenway certainly helped ‘pave the way’ for the future bike path that will begin construction this year from Port Jefferson Station to Wading River.

Yet, the Greenway almost never happened!  It wasn’t too long ago that the corridor that is today’s Greenway was slated to become a major highway.  The 3 1/4 mile long property was acquired by the New York State Department of Transportation in the 1960’s to build a highway to run from Setauket to Port Jefferson Station. This planned bypass cut through residential neighborhoods and three county parklands.  In the 1990’s, local residents and public officials formed a task force to work with the NYS DOT to propose an alternative: an environmentally and community-friendly trail. As talks progressed, New York State Assemblyman Steven Englebright was able to obtain State funding for the design and eventual construction for the first section of the trail that opened in 2009.  Then United States Congressman Tim Bishop secured federal transportation funding to complete the trail in 2014. 

So today, there’s lots to celebrate.  We’ll gather at the same spot we opened the trail ten years ago - midpoint on the trail near Lynx Lane and Bobcat Lane in Setauket on  Saturday, June 8 at 11:00am.  Local, County, and State officials will be there, as well as members of the Three Village Community Trust and the Friends of the Greenway, Greenway Trail Stewards, Scouting groups, and so many others. 

There will be some light refreshments. And we’ll be taking lots of commemorative photos of all participants.  
Be part of the fun, and be part of history! 


Upland Invasive Species:
Why should we care and what can we do?

THURSDAY, May 23th at 7:30pm @ the Setauket Neighborhood House

There is confusion and often controversy about “invasive species” and why we should care.  The answer to why we should care lies in the definition.  New York State has a vigorous program to manage and aggressively control a variety of invasive species.  Preventing an invasive species from getting started in an area is a priority.  But once an invader has arrived, there are different strategies depending upon how widespread it has become.  Some the species of concern have a strong presence in our uplands such as Norway maple (Acer platanoides) and the tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) (favorite host to Spotted Lantern Fly).  Both are only too common in the Three Village upland forested areas and our backyards.  Luke will identify some locally significant upland invasive species and some of the management strategies available to us.  He will also briefly discuss why and how native species should be restored after removing invasives.  

Tree of heaven is one of the most common unintended “street tree” along Route 25A. Patriots Hollow State Forest (PHSF) is of concern because of the storm damage, downed trees, vines, and general inaccessibility as well as invasive species (e.g.: Norway maple and mile-a-minute weed [Persicaria perfoliata]) and the chaotic appearance in the heart of Setauket’s business area. 

We invite you to join the conversation and please think about your questions – especially as they relate to the community’s concern for the landscape along our Main Street – Route 25A—that was the community’s planning focus over the past couple of years in the 25A Corridor Study. We expect the Town of Brookhaven will release its draft plan later this year based on the work done during that process. 

As always, the JTC is free and open to public.  Refreshments will be served.  Donations are always welcome.



Archeological Survey of Patriots Rock

Wednesday, May 8th at 8pm @ the Setauket Neighborhood House

An Archeological Survey of Patriots Rock and other Revolutionary War Battlefields has been undertaken to better understand “The Struggle for Long Island: Expanding Revolutionary War Studies in New York.” This is unearthing local history and it doesn’t get any closer than this.

The Three Village Community Trust is proud to be among the local organizations participating with the LAMAR Institute in the search for Long Island’s Revolutionary War Battlefields and to sponsor this initial report by the archaeologists and historians conducting the search for Long Island’s Revolutionary War Battlefields. Daniel Elliot and his team will share their field methodology and discuss their very preliminary findings. This is archeology close at hand. Learn about how the team uses Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), systematic and controlled metal detection to locate and excavate key targets, and plot where each are fund using total station laser transit mapping technology for later analysis.

This is a bonus “Join the Conversation” and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for Q &A.

Starting in mid-April, archaeologists with The LAMAR Institute began a month-long search at three significant American Revolutionary War battlefields on Long Island, New York. According to Daniel Elliott, President of The LAMAR Institute, “All three battles are poorly understood in history. This project seeks to locate and delineate the three battlefields and to interpret their findings, advancing our understanding of Long Island’s important role in the American Revolution.” These Loyalists’ military sites include the stronghold of Fort Slongo in Fort Salonga, the fort and headquarters known as Fort Franklin on Lloyd’s Neck, and the two churches on the Setauket Village Green. At that time of the Battle of Setauket in 1777 the Green included Patriots Rock, which was so named later because it was where the Patriots took their stand against the Loyalists.

The project will continue with laboratory analysis and research to enable the identification of the battlefields across the modern landscape while providing data regarding military strategies. Resulting interpretation will be documented in a report available to the public on the LAMAR Institute’s website (http://thelamarinstitute.org) by September, 2020.


• Daniel Elliott, President of the LAMAR Institute and his wife, Rita Elliot.

• Local Historian David M. Griffin, author of Lost British Forts of Long Island, is a major collaborator in the project.

• Dr. Sheldon Skaggs, Assistant Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) Bronx and his students are assisting in the field work.

In addition to the Three Village Community Trust, local organizations include the Caroline Church and the Presbyterian Church.

The archeological project is funded by a $60,000 American Battlefield Protection Program grant from the National Park Service and $5200 in contributions from the LAMAR Institute. The LAMAR Institute is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Its mission is to conduct archaeological research and to advance public archaeological education. Since 2001 the institute has completed similar studies on more than a dozen battlefields.

April 18th Greenway Walk’n’Talk

(meet at the Greenway 5pm)

May 23th / June 27th

Join the Conversation–Spring 2019 series mostly on the fourth Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m.
are talks with time for participation in discussions focused on issues about the significance of preservation
and conservation to having healthy communities and vibrant economies.

Celebrate the Greenway’s 10th Anniversary

Saturday, June 8th. 11 a.m.

The monthly clean-ups

Saturday, May 18th.

For more information about this and all of our upcoming events
email us tvcommtrust@optonline.net,
or call 631-689-0225.