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 only. For several days prior to the Annual Meeting in October, the center is usually open. All members of the Society are welcome to attend this Meeting which is held in the afternoon at the center. If you would like to visit the center or plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we do request that you let us know ahead of time. You can call (516) 558-7092 or send an email to: Director@TownsendSociety.org.