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.
Raynham Hall Presents: Free Outdoor Movie Nights featuring Jane Austen Films
8:30 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Austen on the Lawn: A Jane Austen Film Series
For our final installment of our Jane Austen Film Series, we are screening Douglas McGrath’s, Emma, on Thursday, September 1 at 8:30 p.m. In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for those around her. Her latest “project” is Harriet Smith, an unpretentious debutant, while Emma herself receives the attentions of the dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). However, Emma’s attempts at matchmaking cause more problems than solutions and may ultimately jeopardize her own chance at love and happiness.
— 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.