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NY carrier’s daily stops include notable places

The Old Field Point Lighthouse is a particular favorite of David Dury on his route in East Setauket, NY.

East Setauket on New York’s Long Island Sound is not a town but a “census-designated place.” That doesn’t diminish its significance in the life of the nation, though.

The bucolic burg was founded in 1655 and is rich with history.

It was the site of a Revolutionary War battle and was a pivotal center in that war’s Culper spy ring. The Post Office there is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The old “Washington slept here” canard is actually true in East Setauket: He bunked overnight at Roe Tavern on April 22, 1790.

You would think that after 21 years delivering in the area, some of the charm might lose its appeal, but not for David Dury.

He feels thankful to work for USPS and in the picture-postcard hamlet.

One of his favorite places on the route is the Old Field Point Lighthouse, which dates to the 1820s.

“The whole town makes this a nice place to work,” he said. “Every day is a good day.”

Dury is one of several employees participating in “We Go Everywhere,” a USPS communications campaign that offers a front-row seat to some of the most beautiful and noteworthy places that letter carriers ply their trade.

“It was an honor to be chosen,” Dury said.