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

    Kenneth A. Daigler Lecture

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

    Spymasters Lecture Series: Kenneth A. Daigler

    On January 20, 2016, again in collaboration with the Union Club, we are pleased to present Kenneth A. Daigler, who will discuss his fascinating new book, Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, published by Georgetown University Press. This event includes a cocktail reception. Tickets are $25. Please call the museum for reservations as seats are limited. 516-922-6808