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James Rivington and George Washington’s Spy Ring

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

James Rivington and George Washington’s Spy Ring

For over 150 years it has been widely assumed that a member of George Washington’s intelligence network in New York during the Revolutionary War provided a key piece of intelligence that proved vital in preventing Charles Cornwallis’ army from escaping Yorktown in 1781. But was that member of the famous Culper Spy Ring the notorious James Rivington, King's Printer in His Majesty's Colonies and publisher of the Royal Gazette, the most infamous scandal sheet of its day?

Join Clayton Farrington, editor and historian, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, as he weighs the evidence concerning the identity of the alleged spy, the importance of the intelligence he reputedly provided the Patriot cause, and how a legendary spy story such as Rivington's came to be. And then decide what YOU think.

FREE and open to the public 

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Fort Norfolk
810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


Norfolk Historical Society
P.O. Box 6367
Norfolk, Virginia 23508-0367

(757) 754-2004


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