The first modern spy ring operated right here in NYC during the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring!Your guide will be Karen Q, NYC Historian, Author and regular contributor to the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum.
She'll take you through the British occupied city where you'll follow the story of spymasters Col Benjamin Tallmadge and Maj John Andre as they battle to outwit each other. Who would survive the deadly game of Revolutionary War espionage? And who would not? Along the way you'll hear about Hercules Mulligan, Robert Townsend, James Rivington, Benedict Arnold and more.If you’re a fan of TURN on AMC and Netflix, or have read any of the popular books about spies operating during that time, you’ll love it! (Please note there is adult material on this tour that is not suitable for children.)
We'll meet at City Hall Park (Broadway and Park Place) site of the old city commons. From there, we'll walk through the oldest streets of New York City, laid before the American Revolution. We’ll imagine a city occupied by the British and converted into a military base
Visit the old Commons – site of the Provost Jail used to house rebel spies by the British
Learn the true story of early spy Nathan Hale, how he was captured and by whom (it’s not what you think!)
Visit St. Paul’s Chapel and hear about the Holy Ground – the biggest, most notorious red light district in North America
Travel through colonial streets where we’ll find James Rivington’s print shop and coffeehouse, the tailor shop of Hercules Mulligan, the store run by Culper Jr., Robert Townsend, and more
Hear the incredible story of Benedict Arnold and how the spy ring warned General Washington about him
And what about 355? Who was she?
Plus, you’ll see pages from the original code book used by Benjamin Tallmadge
We use original documents on all of our tours to help illustrate the stories you'll hear. You will have a great time while learning about the fascinating history of espionage.