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

    Raynham Hall Presents: Free Outdoor Movie Nights featuring Jane Austen Films

    8:30 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Sense and Sensibility

    Raynham Hall Presents: Free Outdoor Movie Nights featuring Sense and Sensibility

    We are pleased to announce the premiere of our summer Jane Austen Film Series, beginning with Ang Lee’s, Sense and Sensibility, on Thursday, June 2 at 8:30 p.m. Set in late 18th century England, the film stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as two sisters whose charmingly entangled romances come to life in Austen’s brilliant novel. The film will be shown in the Museum’s historic garden.

    — Admission is free and guests are invited to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn.
    — Concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Raynham Hall Museum.
    — Blankets are encouraged. Guests with chairs will be asked to sit towards the back of the lawn.
    — Smoking, glass, and pets are not permitted.
    — The museum will be open from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for tours. Please no food or drink inside the Museum.
    — In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors with limited seating.