DescriptionOyster Bay, discovered in 1653 by settlers from Massachusetts, found itself in the middle of a tug of war: The Dutch government in New Amsterdam and the English Colonial government in Hartford were unable to agree on who had jurisdiction over Oyster Bay. The settlers made appeals to both governments for protection.
During the Revolutionary War the village was headquarters for British lieutenant colonel John Graves Simcoe, a close friend of Maj. John Andre, adjutant general of the British Army in North America. As Benedict Arnold's British contact, Andre played an instrumental role in the ensuing scandal and was executed as a British spy in 1780. From 1901 to 1909 Oyster Bay was the site of President Theodore Roosevelt's summer White House.
Visitor InfoOyster Bay–East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Address not available OYSTER BAY, NY 11771. Phone:(516)922-6464
Self-guiding toursBrochures detailing self-guiding tours of Oyster Bay are available from the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeEarle-Wightman Historic House