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Grand opening event for Raynham Hall Museum on July 4th

Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, which provides a window into local Revolutionary War history, will hold a grand opening celebration on July 4th.

The museum, the former home of Robert Townsend, who was a member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, is opening a new education annex to expand its learning experiences.

Visitors to the Education Center will see a newly-created diorama of Oyster Bay in May of 1779, when the British Queen’s Rangers left town, having cut down the Townsend orchard to build a fort on what is now known as Fort Hill. There will also be demonstrations of a new smart phone-based augmented reality app, known as “Digital Tapestry,” created under the auspices of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, which features animated 18th-century-style portraits.

The July 4th event begins at noon and features free admission to the museum and a concert by the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The Raynham Hall Museum is located at 20 West Main St. in Oyster Bay. For more information visit:

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