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History Channel to feature LI spy ring home

The Phillips Roe House in Port Jefferson will

The Phillips Roe House in Port Jefferson will be featured during Thursday's episode of Brad Meltzer's "Decoded" on the History Channel. The show airs at 10 p.m. Jan. 20, 2011. Photo Credit: Newsday, 1999 / Tony Jerome

Rob Sisler can tell you the history of the Phillips Roe House in Port Jefferson in about 20 minutes.

That explains why the 83-year-old Port Jefferson man will be featured on Brad Meltzer’s show “Decoded” at 10 p.m. Thursday on the History Channel. The episode takes a look at the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring, one of the one of the most covert operations in U.S. history.

Phillips Roe was one of the central players in the ring, a group of spies that worked to steal British secrets and warn Americans about surprise attacks and enemy movements.

Sisler said the History Channel crew came to the village with two vans and lots of camera equipment. The crew spent a day filming, and Sisler helped them get some footage from a whale boat.

“It was quite an experience,” Sisler, the Port Jefferson village historian from 1977 to 2010, said of his TV work. “It was quite an event for me.”

You can tune in Thursday night to watch Sisler detail the role Port Jefferson's Phillips Roe played as a spy.

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