Exploring Local History to Learn From the Past

Exploring Local History to Learn From the Past photo
In partnership with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, ninth-grade students enrolled in the Local History and Government course at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School visited Brewster House in East Setauket to advance their knowledge of local history and their thinking, research and literacy skills. 

According to the WMHO’s website, “built in 1665 and considered the oldest house in the Town of Brookhaven, the Brewster House was home to six generations of Brewsters. The house has transformed over the centuries from the one-room cottage to its present saltbox structure. During the American Revolution, Joseph Brewster operated the house as a tavern and general store, entertaining British troops inside. American Patriot Caleb Brewster, cousin of Joseph Brewster and presumably a frequent visitor to the house, was a member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War.”

“Field trips that pair us with our local historians provide wonderful learning opportunities for all students beyond the traditional classroom instruction,” Dr. Paul W. Gold, K-12 director for social studies, said.