Townsend Society of America
21 West Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
(516) 558-7092

Research Center in Oyster Bay

The Townsend Society of America's Research Center is located in historic Oyster Bay, Long Island. The original museum and archive was in a Victorian house purchased in the early 1980s with a bequest to the Society by Miss Helen Hart Townsend.  In accordance with her wishes, the museum was dedicated to the memory of her great-grandparents, Samuel and Rebecca Purdy Townsend. The Society has since closed the museum and dedicated its resources to better serve members as a Research Center.

In 2010 the Society moved to a delightful 3rd floor space in an historic Oyster Bay building which is across the street from the Raynham Hall Museum, a former Townsend family home, the old Townsend Inn (now a Masonic Lodge), and a Victorian-era Townsend house.  This facility serves as a pleasant 'home base' for the Society's members and guests who also come to visit the historical sites in the area.

The collection contains Townsend memorabilia and genealogical material and is housed in the offices of the Townsend Society of America.

The Research Center is open by appointment.  We suggest that you arrange for a specific date and time to visit the Center by sending an email to: