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The Long Island History Project

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May 3, 2017

If you were to name the most famous Floyd on Long Island before the outbreak of the Revolution, chances are it would not have been William Floyd. His cousin, Richard Floyd IV, cut a more striking figure: generous, hospitable, refined - with a thriving Mastic estate and powerful connections. Yet today, William has a parkway named after him and his home is part of the National Park system while Richard is erased from history. Wonder why?

Join local historian Matthew Montelione as he relates the history of American Loyalist Richard IV and how the Revolution drove him apart from his family, his neighbors and his nation. Richard's story is part of our special series of episodes looking into Revolutionary War-era Long Island in honor of the final season of AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies.

It turns out that Richard's fate is woven into that of the Culper Spy Ring. Richard's brother Benjamin lived in Seatauket and had some dubious ties to Abraham Woodhull. And not only did Brewster Caleb make it a point to raid Floyd's estate, Benjamin Tallmadge led a party of dragoons right to his doorstep, besieging the neighboring British Fort St. George on the Mastic peninsula. Hear all this and more, including our predictions on what the last scene in Turn will be.

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