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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
  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016

    1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Oyster Bay Music Festival: Vegetable Orchestra and Classical Goodies

    Indoor and outdoor concert for the curious of all ages
. Traditional classical music, free ice cream from Gooseberry Grove, and instruments you have probably never heard before! Children can make and play their own vegetable instruments!
    This is a free event!

  • Mon
    04
    Jul
    2016

    10:00 am

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    July 4 Parade

    Watch the parade and come with us after the parade to the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s open house, at 20 Summit Street, and then visit Raynham Hall (house is open with special hours from 1 to 3 pm on a pay-what-you-will basis)!

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2016

    8:30 pm

    Mansfield Park

    Raynham Hall Presents: Free Outdoor Movie Nights featuring Mansfield Park

    For our second installment of our Jane Austen Film Series, we are screening Patricia Rozema’s, Mansfield Park, on Thursday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. Fanny, born into a poor family, is sent away to live with wealthy uncle Sir Thomas, his wife and their four children, where she’ll be brought up for a proper introduction to society. She is treated unfavorably by her relatives, except for her cousin Edmund, whom she grows fond of. However, Fanny’s life is thrown into disarray with the arrival of worldly Mary Crawford and her brother Henry.

    — 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.