Raynham Hall Museum

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Raynham Hall has been known to be haunted since the early 1900s. Among the phenomena here are a phantom white horse and a rider, an apparition of an Irish servant named Michael Conlin, an elderly man’s ghost seen coming down the stairs (believed to be Robert Townsend, the Revolutionary War spy also known as Culper, Jr.), and the sound of swishing petticoats on the stairs. Noises and voices as well as footsteps and phantom odors, like baking apple pie, have been noted here as well. But the museum’s most well-known ghost story is that of Sally Townsend and John Simcoe. Sally is thought to have fallen in love with Colonel Simcoe while he stayed here during the Revolutionary War. But after the war he never returned for Sally, and she died unmarried at 82. She kept a Valentine’s letter that Simcoe had once sent, and it was found well worn and creased. Her sad ghost is said to remain here.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    20 W Main St
    Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    United States

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    GPS:
    40.87246269539868, -73.5316493512073
    County:
    Nassau County, New York
    Nearest Towns:
    Oyster Bay, NY (0.5 mi.)
    Oyster Bay Cove, NY (1.1 mi.)
    Cove Neck, NY (1.5 mi.)
    Mill Neck, NY (1.6 mi.)
    East Norwich, NY (1.8 mi.)
    Centre Island, NY (2.1 mi.)
    Matinecock, NY (2.4 mi.)
    Upper Brookville, NY (2.9 mi.)
    Bayville, NY (3.1 mi.)
    Laurel Hollow, NY (3.4 mi.)

    Contact Information

    Web:
    http://www.raynhamhallmuseum.org/

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    1. I visited Raynham Hall on a stormy Saturday about 3 years ago when I was able to photograph an orb on an old cell phone. Went back last year and didn’t get any activity. I visit often and are hoping to photograph a few more orbs.

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