North America's first Valentine traces back to Oyster Bay

Drawings from Sally and Simone.

Drawings from Sally and Simone. (January 27, 2014 11:49 AM)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s only fitting to tell the tale of North America’s first Valentine, which was sent in Oyster Bay in 1779.

At the time, Washington’s troops were defeated in the Revolutionary War and British troops were occupying homes on Long Island. British Col. John Simone, a commander of an elite force called the Queens Rangers, set up his encampment in Oyster Bay at the...

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