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:

  • Sat

    Valentine's Annual Benefit

    6:30-11:30 p.m.The Creek

    Margaret Shippen

    1778 portrait of Margaret Shippen (Mrs. Benedict Arnold) dressed for a fancy ball, drawn by her friend Maj. John André, British case officer for Benedict Arnold, visitor to Raynham Hall, and hanged at 30 as a spy by Gen. George Washington in October of 1780. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.

    Annual Valentine’s Benefit

    On February 11, 2016, Raynham Hall Museum will host its annual Valentine’s party to benefit the Museum. Tickets are $250 per person or $100 for those under 35.

    The Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc., is extremely grateful to its honorees this year — John Collins, Rebecca Finelli and Elizabeth Watson — for their much-appreciated generosity towards the museum and on behalf of historic preservation in our community.

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

    Location: The Creek, Locust Valley, NY

    Dress: Festive attire!

    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.