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:

  • Fri

    Annual Benefit 2016

    6:30-11:30 p.m.Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, New York

    'The Morning Walk', c.1800

    This image, entitled La Promenade du Matin, was made by Swiss engraver Alexandre Chaponnier (1753—1835) after original artwork by French artist Nicolas-Gabriel Dupuis (1698-1790). A graceful depiction of a couple on a breezy morning walk, it is also a caricature that mocks the fashion at the time for women’s dresses made of diaphanous fabric that left little to the imagination.

    Annual Valentine’s Benefit

    On February 5, 2016, Raynham Hall Museum will host its annual Valentine’s party to benefit the Museum. The evening will include silent and live auctions, followed by a sensational dinner, love songs, and an after-dinner “speakeasy” with games of chance and skill. Tickets are $250 per person or $100 for those under 35.

    Raynham Hall Museum is extremely grateful to our friends at Aboff’s Paint and JT Roselle Lighting for their generous gifts of materials used in our on-going restoration and renovation project for the museum and new Education Center, due to be completed in 2018.

    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: Friday, February 5, 2016, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

    Location: Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, New York

    Dress: Festive attire in shades of red

    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.