Due to limited space within our building, Raynham Hall Museum is currently closed for the safety of the public and our staff. However, we invite you to join us in the garden for a program called “Hang Out with the Historian” available by appointment with our historian Claire Bellerjeau (masks on and six feet apart). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. We also invite you to participate in our online programs, which can be found on our Programs & Events page.
We are committed to re-opening our doors to the public as soon as it is safe for our visitors and staff to do so. Please continue to check our website and social media for further updates!
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.