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.

For at home activities and information on distance learning programs for schools, please click here.

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

In an effort to support Oyster Bay businesses and the community during these uncertain times, please visit this page, http://www.visitoysterbay.com/community-resources-covid19.html, for available resources.

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

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning about Slavery in Oyster Bay

    3:00 pmRaynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Portrait of Caesar Foster

    This small portrait, painted in 1842 by John Abeel Weeks, (1820 – 1901) is the only known painting of an Oyster Bay resident who was an enslaved person.

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning about Slavery in Oyster Bay

    Standing Where They Stood: Learning About Slavery in Oyster Bay, is a 90-minute program that brings to light the history of African-Americans who were enslaved in Oyster Bay and on Long Island. This interactive presentation reveals true stories of individuals who lived in slavery, including the first slave freed on Long Island, the first published black author in America, an enslaved woman who escaped with the British, and a regiment of African-Americans who fought alongside Col. Simcoe's Queen's Rangers. Participants examine historical documents, runaway slave ads, notices of slaves for sale, and learn about how laws in New York to end slavery impacted the lives of these forgotten Long Islanders.

    This program is open to the public on the following dates:
    February 28 at 3pm, March 20 at 3pm, and April 17 at 3pm
    $8 per person, please preregister through Eventbrite.