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.


  • Wed

    6:00-7:30 p.m.The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, New York, New York 10021

    soloman“The Uses of Intelligence in a Dangerous World”

    Raynham Hall will continue its espionage series at the Union Club in New York City with a reception and lecture by best-selling novelist Joseph Kanon.  He will discuss his new novel, Leaving Berlin, (2015) a thriller concerning an American expatriate who becomes an unwitting double agent of the American and East German intelligence services in the period immediately following World War II. Mr. Kanon is the author of several other best-sellers, including The Good German, made into a film in 2006 starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

    Reservations are required. Please call the museum at 516-922-6808 for information to reserve your spot.

  • Sun

    12:00-4:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771


    Colonial Day

    FREE and open to the public. Step into the past at our second annual Colonial Day! Join us for a family-friendly afternoon for history lovers as Raynham Hall is filled with costumed colonial adult and child re-enactors who bring the 18th century to life with period music, colonial cooking demonstrations and musket firings! The Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia , founded in 1653, will encamp on the grounds of the museum, immersing visitors in the life and military world of our Revolutionary forebears. The historic house will be brought to life with a theatrical confrontation between Patriots and Loyalists, including our own Culper spy, Robert Townsend.

    Refreshments will be served! RAIN DATE October 4th.

  • Sat

    7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Halloween InvitationHalloween Party

    The Board of Trustees of Raynham Hall Museum and The Oyster Bay Main Street Association cordially invite you to join them for a Halloween Party. Enjoy music by Mad Pursuit, cocktails, beer by Oyster Bay Brewing Company, and hors d’oeuvres.

    Tickets: $125 per person including a seated buffet banquet at 7 p.m. or $75 per person for the after-party only, from 9 p.m. to midnight

    Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay

    Dress code: Costumes welcomed! (prizes for best costumes)

    Please call 516-922-6982 for reservations or more information

  • Sun

    12:00-2:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

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  • Thu

    6:00-8:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Opening Reception

    a visit from st nicholasThe Board of Trustees of Raynham Hall Museum cordially invites you to a preview of our winter exhibition, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, with toy soldiers, dolls and doll houses, stuffed animal friends, and myriad other magical playthings, to benefit our scholarship program.

    About our scholarship program: We offer free admission each year to hundreds of students from schools that could not otherwise afford to visit. Raynham Hall’s Revolutionary War story of principled resourcefulness and action in the face of extreme adversity is particularly relevant to kids such as these, and indeed to all kids. We appreciate your help in making these programs available!

    Tickets: $60 per person, $40 for members

    Time: Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 6-8 p.m.


  • Sun

    2:00-3:30 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Children’s Holiday Workshop

    A Christmas CarolTo accompany our winter exhibit, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, on Sunday, December 6, from 2-3:30 p.m., the Museum will present a children’s workshop, including a reading of the class Dickens poem, A Christmas Carol, by Michael Goudket, who will re-enact the character of Father in the famous poem. The event will also include an ornament workshop and refreshments of cookies and cider. Participants will be welcome to tour the museum and enjoy the holiday spirit of the past, in the present!

    The children’s holiday workshop is $15 per child. Please call the museum for reservations as space is limited. 516-922-6808