New York state bestowed a special designation upon a stretch of road on Long Island’s North Shore that was used by a Revolutionary War spy ring working for George Washington.
Route 25A from Great Neck to Port Jefferson, about a 50-mile stretch, was officially designated Thursday as the Washington Spy Trail. Nearly 30 spy ring signs will be installed along the route.
John Tsunis, CEO of Gold Coast Bank and member of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, New York State Senator and Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Department of Transportation officials gathered at The Brewster House on Route 25A in Setauket for the ceremony. Speakers at the event included Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine, and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
More than one million tourists travel on Route 25A each year. The region’s economy will benefit from those seeking to visit the trail, according to tourism officials.
The Culper spy ring, considered the nation’s first espionage group, used the route to slip through British lines and deliver secret messages to Washington during the American Revolution. Washington later used the same route to thank his spies for their contribution to winning the war.