Meet Margo Arceri
Long Island Historian Margo Arceri is a lifelong resident of Strong’s Neck. She developed this unique historical venture in conjunction with the Three Village Historical Society.
Having grown up in Strong’s Neck, she spent time with local historian Kate Wheeler Strong, descendant of the famous Anna Smith Strong of the Culper Spy Ring. Kate, who was also the author of a series of booklets entitled True Tales of the Early Days on Long Island, shared stories from the American Revolution and the Battle of Long Island. Margo was instantly hooked, and thus began her own quest to search the hidden trails of Strong’s Neck and Setauket where the British and Patriots once roamed.
This interest led Margo to get involved with the Three Village Historical Society where she was Vice President, Recording Secretary, and board member, and also served as the committee chairperson for walking tours, as a Young American’s camp director, and as a school program presenter specializing in local history.
Margo served as a historical consultant in 2007-2008 for the book Ghosts of Long Island II:More Stories of the Paranormal by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, which featured stories about Strong’s Neck, Setauket and the Culper Spy Ring. Margo has volunteered for Brookhaven Town Historian Barbara M. Russell and has received numerous accolades for her community service. She has been recognized for her work as a local historian by New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, and Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartwright. She was also nominated as Person of the Year by TBR News Media for her work in preserving the history of the Culper Spy Ring. She has been featured prominently in several television programs for her Revolutionary War expertise including The Travel Channel’s AMERICA UNEARTHED: The Spy Who Saved America.
She is also the founder of Culper Spy Day in Setauket which is now in its fifth year. It is expected to have an attendance of well over one thousand this year.
As former President and current Vice President of the Strong's Neck Civic Association, Margo continues to live along the shoreline of Strong’s Neck where she brings Long Island’s Revolutionary War history to life.
Margo is currently a partner in the television series development of Redcoats and Petticoats, a children’s book about the Culper Spy Ring by Katherine Kirkpatrick.