Educational Programs

Public Programs

Sunday, March 29th, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“A Discovery in the Townsend Family Papers: A Long Lost Poem by the First African-American Poet”

Raynham Hall is proud to present a lecture by researcher Claire Bellerjeau on a new discovery of a poem by Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published African-American writer, and slave of four generations of the Lloyd family. This poem was transcribed by Phebe Townsend and was just discovered among the papers of the Townsend family. This event includes the opening of an exhibit about the poem. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.  The lecture is $25 per person, or $20 for members of Raynham Hall. Please RSVP to 516-922-6808.

 School Programs 

Our school programs allow students to experience the past in a historic house setting that complements the students’ classroom learning by encouraging curiosity and critical thinking. Our tours, conducted by trained museum interpreters, align with the New York State Education Teaching Standards.

The Colonial & Revolutionary War Era – 1740-1790

Grades 3-5

1-1/2 hours to 2 hours

Learn the exciting role the Townsend family played during the American Revolution, especially that of Robert Townsend, a spy for General Washington known as “Culper Jr.” Consider family life, gender roles, childhood, transportation, and leisure activities as they existed in Colonial America. Students are given the opportunity to explore the museum and answer questions. New activities this year include learning the Culper Code, the system used by the Spy Ring to great effect. Also a Colonial item guessing game, allowing students hands-on time with the items to guess their purpose.

 Custom Tours

All ages

We look forward to tailoring your experience at Raynham Hall to meet the needs of your group, be it a book club, a senior tour or a an alumni association. Raynham Hall offers specialized tours featuring original documents and artifacts, using historical resources to reinforce and enrich student learning.

School for Spies 

We offer a tour lead by a colonial costumed interpreter which explores the spycraft of the Culper Spy Ring. Visitors will learn the trade and techniques of 18th century espionage, including making messages in invisible ink using the original Culper Code.

Children’s and Boy and Girl Scout Programs

Raynham Hall is the perfect venue for Scouts and other children’s groups wishing to work on specific badges or other interests throughout the year, including during the summer. We offer specialized workshops in Children’s Etiquette, Victorian and Colonial Home Life, including soap-making, candle-making, corn husk dolls, herb gardening, stitchery and of course, our School for Spies. A minimum of 10 participants is required.

Adults Programs

Author Lecture Series

We offer an author lecture series throughout the year, featuring three distinguished, well known authors as speakers. This past year, the series, “The Uses of Espionage in a Dangerous World,” included authors Nelson DeMille, Brian Kilmeade and Evan Thomas. We will be announcing the series for 2014-2015 shortly.

The Victorian Artist Club

Raynham Hall offers a study/support group devoted to historic methods of painting and drawing. The idea that anyone who wants to do art CAN do it if they are patient and willing to follow the methods of the past. Instructor Michael Goudket ( B.F.A., M.A.), is an accomplished watercolorist specializing in historic techniques. Membership in the Club includes participation in five distinct classes using historic techniques a year. Classes are held at the museum, using the garden in season. Materials are available at every class. 

For more information on all programs, please call or email Alex Sutherland, Director of Education, at 516-922-6808 or for more information