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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.

 

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Decorated for the Holidays

    Come see Raynham Hall Museum festively decorated for the Holiday season! The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We will close at 3 p.m. on the eves’ of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018

    5:00-7:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Exclusive Members Event: Twelfth Night Celebration

    For our members,

    Come ring in the New Year at our Twelfth Night Celebration! Colonial Yuletide tunes, holiday punch and light fare will be served.

    Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. through Eventbrite or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.

     

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    6:30-11:30 p.m.Old Westbury Golf & Country Club

    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 tskvarla@raynhamhallmuseum.org or call the Museum at 516-922-6808.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    4:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    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. 

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    6:30-8:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Floral Design with Andrew Pascoe

    Join us at Raynham Hall Museum on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm for an evening of spring flower arranging with renowned Oyster Bay florist Andrew Pascoe. Learn the tricks of the floral trade while enjoying an evening out with friends sipping wine and creating a beautiful Spring arrangement for your home! Cost includes all supplies and material. Book early because space is limited! Fee: $75 per person. 

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    11:30-2:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Memorial Day Parade and Open House

    All are welcome after the Memorial Day parade for FREE Italian ice, lemonade, popcorn, old-fashioned games and music.

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018

    6:30-8:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Watercolor Painting Workshop

    SOLD OUT. Learn to paint a spring still life or landscape with our resident artist Michael Goudket. Wine and cheese served. Bring friends and family ages 13+. Space is limited, Fee: $30 per person. 

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    4:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Oyster Bay Music Festival

    You’re Only Human – “The Dish on Personal Lives of the Great Composers”. Evening concert in the Victorian hallway.
    This is a free event!

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    1:00-3:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Oyster Bay Music Festival: Vegetable Orchestra and Classical Goodies

    Indoor and outdoor concert for the curious of all ages
. Traditional classical music, free ice cream, and instruments you have probably never heard before! Children can make and play their own vegetable instruments!
    This is a free event!

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

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

    5th Annual Colonial Day

    FREE and open to the public. Step into the past at our fifth 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.

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018

    6:30 pm-8:30 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Reflections of Fall: Watercolor Workshop
    Learn to paint fall foliage and reflections in water with our resident artist Michael Goudket. All supplies, wine and cheese are included! Bring friends and family ages 13+.

     

    Space is limited for this workshop, so book now to guarantee your space! You can book through the Eventbrite link below or call us at 516-922-6808. Fee: $30 per person.