Preservation of Raynham Hall


The mission of Raynham Hall Museum is to enable visitors to the nearly 300-year-old Townsend family home in Oyster Bay to experience what it meant to be prominent merchants and heroic patriots, and to become engaged in the worlds of espionage, domestic life and the decorative arts.

The building and grounds of Raynham Hall are owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, and the site is operated as a museum by the Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1991, the only historic house museum on Long Island to bear that distinction. We are also a local, state and national landmark, listed at the national level of significance.

We welcome thousands of students every year who come on class field trips to enhance their knowledge of Revolutionary War history, and our costumed educators also offer tours to walk-in visitors. Additionally, we offer group tours on other historic subjects (for instance  the Civil War, Victorian life, or slavery) that can be tailored to your needs, and we offer many adults and children’s workshops throughout the year. We partner with other community groups to encourage the revitalization of this vibrant community, and we advocate for historic preservation.

The current members of Raynham Hall’s board of trustees are:

John M. Collins, President
Barbara Adelhardt, 1st Vice President
Joanna Badami, 2nd Vice President
Elaine Palmer, 3rd Vice President
Rebecca Lawton Flatters, 4th Vice President

Claudia Taglich, Treasurer
Colette Buzzetta, Secretary
James M. Murphy, Legal Advisor
Carolyn Mott
Patricia P. Sands
Karen J. Underwood
Jamie Arty
Franciska Berg-Doshi
P. Benjamin Duke
June B. Fisher
Erik Knutsen
Kay Hutchins Sato
Richard SchusterDean Yoder


Our advisory board members are:

John Bonifacio
John Bralower
Judith C. Chapman
Barbara Curry
Timothy Groves
Thomas Hogan
G. Bruce Knecht
Libby H. O’Connell
Frank J. Olt, Jr.
Franklin Hill Perrell
Julie Rinaldini
Rita Roselle
Townsend U. Weekes
Richard Weir III


Our staff is as follows:

Harriet Gerard Clark, Executive Director
Theresa Skvarla, Public Relations Director 
Claire Bellerjeau, Education and Public Programs Director
Jessica Pearl, Collections Manager
Antoinette Fleig, Michael Goudket,
Arlene Pastore, Jo Ann Paulsen,
Joann Perotto, Kendra Perry