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, a turn of the century house, was purchased in the early 1980s as a repository of the archives 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 retired the museum and has dedicated all resources to better serve its members as a Research Center.

In 2010 the Society moved to a delightful 3rd floor space in an historic Oyster Bay building, across the street from Raynham Hall (a Townsend family home) and the recreated Townsend Inn (a Masonic Lodge and next to an old Victorian 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. The TSA suggests that you arrange for a specific date and time to visit the Center by sending an email to: