• Sat

    4:00-6:00 p.m.Matinecock Lodge, 14 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Slavery in the Townsend Homestead

    This February, for the first time, an upstairs bedroom at Raynham Hall will be interpreted as Slave Quarters, acknowledging the lives and legacy of these occupants of the house, whose existence, until now, has been invisible to the visiting public.

    The opening of the exhibit on February 4 will include a presentation by Raynham Hall Historian Claire Bellerjeau, who will discuss details of the newly interpreted space. The talk will also share new discoveries, including the museum’s connection to Long Island’s earliest recorded manumission; a Townsend descendant’s fascinating recollection of an Oyster Bay man with both African American and Native American heritage, and a disturbing family connection to the brutal business of slave trading in Africa.

    The lecture will be held on February 4 at 4 p.m. next door to the Museum at the Matinecock Lodge. Exhibition viewing and light refreshments will be served after the lecture at Raynham Hall Museum. Please call 516-922-6808 for more information.

    — $25 members/$35 non-members for the opening lecture on February 4, 2017 at 4 p.m.

    Eventbrite - Slavery in the Townsend Homestead

  • Sat

    6:30-11:30 p.m.The Creek

    Margaret Shippen

    1778 portrait of Margaret Shippen (Mrs. Benedict Arnold) dressed for a fancy ball, drawn by her friend Maj. John André, British case officer for Benedict Arnold, visitor to Raynham Hall, and hanged at 30 as a spy by Gen. George Washington in October of 1780. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.

    Annual Valentine’s Benefit

    On February 11, 2016, Raynham Hall Museum will host its annual Valentine’s party to benefit the Museum. Tickets are $250 per person or $100 for those under 35.

    The Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc., is extremely grateful to its honorees this year — John Collins, Rebecca Finelli and Elizabeth Watson — for their much-appreciated generosity towards the museum and on behalf of historic preservation in our community.

    Raynham Hall provides an excellent educational experience to about 5,000 students annually who come on field trips to study the Revolutionary War. We offer free or reduced admission, and sometimes the cost of transportation, to schools that would otherwise be unable to visit, amounting to about a quarter of our student visitors.

    We thank you for your continued support of our mission.

    Time: Saturday, February 11, 2016, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

    Location: The Creek, Locust Valley, NY

    Dress: Festive attire!

    For tickets and information about our Benefit, please contact Theresa Skvarla, Public Relations Director, at or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.