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.
Spies' Nest: Revelations of Maj. John André’s Activities in Oyster Bay
4:00-6:00 p.m.Matinecock Lodge and Raynham Hall Museum, Oyster Bay, NY
Spies’ Nest: Revelations of Maj. John André’s Activities in Oyster Bay
In this lecture, Claire Bellerjeau, Raynham Hall’s researcher, will discuss two recently-discovered letters written in 1779 during Raynham Hall’s occupation by the British. These letters, from Maj. John André, Benedict Arnold’s chief intelligence contact among the British, to Gen. Henry Clinton, provide proof for the first time of André’s stay in Oyster Bay.
The lecture will be held on November 12 at 4 p.m. next door at Matinecock Lodge. Exhibition viewing and light refreshments will be served after the lecture at Raynham Hall Museum. Please call 516-922-6808 for more information.
— $25 members/$35 non-members for the opening lecture on November 12 at 4 p.m.