The Townsends in the Revolution (Virtual)
Raynham Hall Museum is a historic house museum in Oyster Bay that interprets the life and times of the Townsend family during the Revolutionary War. Learn about how Samuel Townsend, who was a shipping merchant, helped plan the Revolution. Oyster Bay was occupied by several British regiments during the war, notably Col. John Graves Simcoe, commander of a regiment called the Queen’s Rangers. British spy, John André, also stayed here in 1779, a year before he was captured and executed for his part in the Benedict Arnold treason plot. Like other Long Islanders, the Townsends enslaved many African-Americans, who witnessed the war from a different perspective. Learn the newly-discovered true story of Liss, an enslaved teenage girl who escaped with the British in hopes of becoming free. Meanwhile, working as a merchant in British-controlled Manhattan, the Townsends’ son Robert joined a daring group of covert agents - the Culper Spy Ring. Communicating with Washington through letters written in secret code and invisible ink, Robert risked his life to provide critical information.
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