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.
Annual Valentine’s Benefit
On February 3, 2018, 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 — Claudia and Michael Taglich — 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 3, 2018, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Old Westbury Golf & Country Club (former Whitney estate), 270 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury
Dress: Festive attire in shades of red
To purchase tickets online, please use the button below. For tickets and information about our Benefit, please contact Theresa Skvarla, Public Relations Director, at email@example.com or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.
From Slavery to Freedom: New Discoveries About the Enslaved People of the Townsend Household, and Their Transition into Independence
In 2017, Raynham Hall opened a new area within the museum’s traditional rooms – an upstairs bedroom interpreted as Slave Quarters. This room and accompanying exhibit educated visitors to the lives of the many enslaved people who lived and labored in the Townsend household.
While this exhibit introduced the public to important aspects of slavery in Oyster Bay, many questions remain unanswered. How long were they enslaved by the Townsend family? Once they gained their freedom, how were they able to sustain themselves and their families?
This February, Historian Claire Bellerjeau will present a talk revealing recent research discoveries, providing new insights into the transition from slavery to independence. A series of never-before-seen Townsend documents offer unexpected glimpses into their daily life, their work and the unique challenges they faced.
Join us on Sunday, February 11th at 4 p.m. for this fascinating presentation at the Matinecock Lodge, next door to the museum. A reception with light refreshments will follow at Raynham Hall Museum. Please call 516-922-6808 for more information.
For field trips and group tours, click here $7 for adults $5 for students and Senior Citizens Free for service people and children under six
20 West Main Street Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Phone: 516-922-6808
Tuesday-Sunday: 1-5 p.m.Self-Guided Tours: Tuesday-WednesdayGuided Tours: Thursday-SundayClosed Mondays