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, Solomon, 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.
The Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
3:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Standing Where They Stood: Learning about Slavery in Oyster Bay
Standing Where They Stood: Learning About Slavery in Oyster Bay, is a 90-minute program that brings to light the history of African-Americans who were enslaved in Oyster Bay and on Long Island. This interactive presentation reveals true stories of individuals who lived in slavery, including the first slave freed on Long Island, the first published black author in America, an enslaved woman who escaped with the British, and a regiment of African-Americans who fought alongside Col. Simcoe's Queen's Rangers. Participants examine historical documents, runaway slave ads, notices of slaves for sale, and learn about how laws in New York to end slavery impacted the lives of these forgotten Long Islanders.