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.


Event Information:

  • Wed

    “The Uses of Intelligence in a Dangerous World”

    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.