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.


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    Ships, Sales, Steel and State: The Life of Solomon Townsend

    4:00-6:00 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Ships, Sales, Steel and State: The Life of Solomon Townsend

    Raynham Hall Museum is kicking off an exhibition on the life of Solomon Townsend, featuring an 1808 portrait of him by eminent portraitist Ezra Ames recently donated to the museum by a direct descendant. Explore the exciting life of a man who was first drawn to the sea, as captain of transatlantic merchant vessels, until the Revolutionary War forced him to choose sides.

    The opening of the exhibition on October 1 will include a presentation by Raynham Hall Historian Claire Bellerjeau, exhibition viewing and light refreshments. Please call 516-922-6808 for more information. 

    — $25 members/$35 non-members for the opening lecture on October 1, 2017 at 4 p.m.

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