For the safety of our patrons and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Raynham Hall Museum will be closed to the public and has cancelled all programs until further notice.

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Our last exhibit, “The Home Needle: Nineteenth-Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection” is now online!

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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:

  • Fri

    The Home Needle: Opening Reception

    5:00 pm-7:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY

    The Home Needle: 19th Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection Opening Reception

    The Board of Trustees of Raynham Hall Museum cordially invites you to an opening cocktail reception for our winter exhibition, The Home Needle: 19th Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection, to support ongoing collections care.

    Tickets: $75 per person, $60 for members
    Time: Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Call the Museum at 516-922-6808 to purchase tickets and for more information. RSVP by December 2, 2019.

    Beautifying the home through tasteful forms of needlework was a practice that shaped the domestic roles and leisure activities of nineteenth-century women. In featuring over 40 objects from the museum’s collection, such as samplers, household textiles, costumes, and archival materials, this exhibition explores various kinds of plain and fancy needlework and how the custom was considered an essential component of a woman’s upbringing.