The British Occupation

The British Occupation (HMSQ4)

Location: Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Nassau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 52.25', W 73° 31.824'

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In 1775, the populace of Oyster Bay was divided, with only 20 percent supporting American independence. Among this small group of rebels was local merchant and politician Samuel Townsend, the owner of what is today Raynham Hall Museum.

In 1776, British troops had successfully expelled the rebel army from Long Island. For the next seven years, the British Army would control the island from Brooklyn to Orient Point.

In the fall of 1778, Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe and more than 400 members of the Queen's Rangers regiment arrived in Oyster Bay to establish winter quarters, and to man an existing hilltop fort. Simcoe established the Townsends' home as his headquarters for the winter, while junior officers and enlisted men were quartered other homes around the village, including the Earl Wightman House. The Queen's Rangers left Oyster Bay exactly six months after their arrival.
HM NumberHMSQ4
Placed ByState of New York
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 623838 N 4525457
Decimal Degrees40.87083333, -73.53040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 52.25', W 73° 31.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 52' 15.00" N, 73° 31' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)631, 516
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-20 Summit St, Oyster Bay NY 11771, US
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