The intricately woven history of the Setaukets area can be explored with ease thanks to the Three Villages Historical Society, a group of historians dedicated to preserving the stories of South Setauket and the surrounding area. From the earliest Native Americans to the recent past, the many facets of area history can be seen in the society's headquarters, which also functions as a museum. The exhibits cover many little-known bits of history like the Culper Spy Ring, a group of spies under the command of George Washington who helped scout out British troop movements and other activities.
Laurel Ridge Setauket
The people of South Setauket do not need to travel far to immerse themselves in nature thanks to the Laurel Ridge Setauket Woods Nature Preserve, a beautiful nature preserve right in the middle of town. The preserve is a popular spot for mountain bikers, with a network of trails maintained by a partnership between local parks departments and the Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists group. Trails are also appropriate for hiking; however, be careful so to avoid collisions. Oak and pine cover the preserve, so it takes very little time before you can enjoy being fully surrounded by forest.