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.
Summer Outdoor Movie
In Praise of Secret Agents: A James Bond Movie Festival
Join us at Raynham Hall Museum for our second film festival hosted in our garden! This year we will be hosting, “In Praise of Secret Agents: A James Bond Movie Festival” with all proceeds going to the improvement of our garden. The evening will start with cocktails, mocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a screening of Casino Royale.
About our event:
-Please bring your own chairs, blankets, and a picnic (if you like). Folding chairs are available, if needed.
-The movie will begin at sundown, approximately 8:30 p.m. Please come at 8:00 for martinis (shaken, not stirred) or a museum tour. Please no food or drink inside the Museum.
-Smoking, glass, and pets are not permitted.
-In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors with limited seating.