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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.

 Upcoming Events
  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016

    8:30 pm

    Pride and Prejudice

    Austen on the Lawn: A Jane Austen Film Series 
    featuring Pride & Prejudice

    For our third installment of our Jane Austen Film Series, we are screening Joe Wright‘s, Pride & Prejudice, on Thursday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

    — Admission is free and guests are invited to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn.
    — Concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Raynham Hall Museum.
    — Blankets are encouraged. Guests with chairs will be asked to sit towards the back of the lawn.
    — Smoking, glass, and pets are not permitted.
    — The museum will be open from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for tours. Please no food or drink inside the Museum.
    — In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors with limited seating.

    Eventbrite - Austen on the Lawn: Pride & Prejudice

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016

    8:30 pm

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    Austen on the Lawn: A Jane Austen Film Series
    featuring Emma

    For our final installment of our Jane Austen Film Series, we are screening Joe Wright‘s, Pride & Prejudice, on Thursday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for those around her. Her latest “project” is Harriet Smith, an unpretentious debutant, while Emma herself receives the attentions of the dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). However, Emma’s attempts at matchmaking cause more problems than solutions and may ultimately jeopardize her own chance at love and happiness.

    — Admission is free and guests are invited to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn.
    — Concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Raynham Hall Museum.
    — Blankets are encouraged. Guests with chairs will be asked to sit towards the back of the lawn.
    — Smoking, glass, and pets are not permitted.
    — The museum will be open from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for tours. Please no food or drink inside the Museum.
    — In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors with limited seating.

    Eventbrite - Austen on the Lawn: Emma

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016

    12:00-4:00 p.m.

    Musket Firing on Colonial Day

    3rd Annual Colonial Day

    FREE and open to the public. Step into the past at our third annual Colonial Day! Join us for a family-friendly afternoon for history lovers as Raynham Hall is filled with costumed colonial adult and child re-enactors who bring the 18th century to life with period music, colonial cooking demonstrations and musket firings! The Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia , founded in 1653, will encamp on the grounds of the museum, immersing visitors in the life and military world of our Revolutionary forebears.

    Refreshments will be served!

    Eventbrite - Colonial Day