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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.

 

Event Information:

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas Opening Reception

    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.