Home of George Washington’s intelligence operative Robert Townsend, Raynham Hall is a time capsule of Long Island life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Purchased by Robert’s father Samuel around 1740 and expanded from a two-over-two farmhouse into a four-over-four town house whose land extended down to the bay and for acres all around, the Townsend family homestead was named Raynham Hall by Samuel’s grandson, Samuel, when he renovated it according to the Victorian taste of his own time, in the mid-19th century. Having shed most of its surrounding property around the turn of the twentieth century, the house’s final transformation came in the 1940s with the removal of the Victorian elements from the front part of the house, which was then restored back to its original Colonial appearance, but retaining the Victorian rear addition.
On Saturday, October 29, 2016 (rain date Monday, October 31) at 6:30 p.m. we will host a costumed parade through town! The parade will be led by ghost puppets designed by Superior Concept Monsters, Inc. Everyone (including your costumed furry friends) is welcome to join the parade!
Stay after the parade for a dog costume contest with prizes, entertainment, dancing, candy, and hot chocolate!
Route: East Main Street to Audrey Avenue to Townsend Park (by the gazebo)
Please call Raynham Hall at 516-922-6808 or Main Street Association at 516-922-6982 for information on joining or becoming a sponsor.
Publish your own story illustrations, starring Maurice, the elusive house mouse of Raynham Hall! Learn from well-known illustrator and artist Mike Goudket, who will instruct and demonstrate the art of illustration.
Materials and snacks provided.
$15 per child. Ages 5-12. Pre-registration required.