The Raymond Boathouse Maritime Museum is Now

Opening Next Summer!





The Frank E. Raymond Maritime Museum and Boathouse was built for publisher George Palmer Putnam who owned a summer estate on Rowayton Avenue from 1861 to 1867. Although a resident of Rowayton for only a short time, Putnam’s indelible influence can still be felt today. Along with his friend artist Vincent Colyer of Contentment Island, he was instrumental in bringing the train station and the Post Office to Rowayton as well as founding the first library here in 1867 and funding the children’s Sunday school at the Rowayton Methodist Church.

Following the sale of the Putnam property in 1867 to stockbroker Robert Barclay and his wife Mary, the gothic style boathouse was used for recreational boating by the Barclay family. An avid yachtsman, Robert Barclay was an enthusiastic supporter of the Norwalk Yacht Club.


The Barclay estate was torn down in the 1970s, and only its boathouse and barn are still standing today. The boathouse was moved to three separate locations within the Jenkins/Ely Boatyard before being donated to the Rowayton Historical Society by Grove Ely and moved to Pinkney Park in 1992.

The Boathouse was dedicated to the memory of Rowayton Historical Society founder Frank E. Raymond in 2000 and now houses a marine and boat exhibit highlighting Rowayton’s relationship to Long Island Sound. 

Enormous thanks to Pamela Proctor and Mike Mushak for their generous donations of design, energy, and time to create this beautiful new entrance to the Boathouse.

Contribute to the new exhibit space at the Raymond Boathouse
Contribute to Our New Exhibit Space at the Raymond Boathouse

The Rowayton Historical Society is seeking funding to renovate the Frank E. Raymond Boathouse in Pinkney Park. We will host exhibits on local oystering families, hurricanes, ship builders, sailing heroes, Native Americans and maritime disasters and much more. The space will also feature a permanent exhibit on the ecological history of the Five Mile River, highlighting the flora, fauna and marine life that flourish in our waters.

We invite our community to support this effort and share stories of life on the Long Island Sound. 


Donations towards the renovation of the Boathouse may be sent to the RHS at PO Box 106, Rowayton, 06853 or through PayPal: 


Many thanks to these generous donors who have already contributed towards this exciting new venture:


Businesses and Organizations:

  • Darien Rowayton Bank

  • Emig Foundation

  • Fairfield County Bank

  • Friends of Norwalk Museum

  • Rowayton Civic Association

  • Sixth Taxing District of Norwalk


  • Terry Atkin and Dirk Kramer

  • Suzy and Michael Aubrey

  • Bruce and Cherie Burton

  • Ellen and Ray Duggins

  • Susan B. Edwards

  • Jean Ely

  • Donna and Frank Gauthier

  • Loretta Goeller

  • Jordan and Lisa Grant

  • Garth and Julie Griffiths

  • John Igneri and Chris Tierney

  • Dana Laird

  • Lesley Korzennik​

  • William Korzennik

  • Claudia Kretschman

  • Jack and Shelley Lepetich

  • Wendell and Tom Livingston

  • Terry Machette in memory of Tucker Machette

  • Walt and Lynn MaGinnis

  • Christine Penberthy

  • Lynn and Doug Pratt

  • John Pullan and Jody Bishop-Pullan

  • Mark Schonberger and Nadine Shaoul

  • Burt and Ethelle Shatz

  • Ashley Sheen

  • Don Wilson

  • Dick and Robin Woods

  • Woody and Andrea Woodworth

  • Maeve and Steve Zamsky


We’d also like to thank our interns Andrew Bergman and Erin White catalogued the Museum’s maritime artifacts for future display and scholarship.

Storyboards Tell a Story


The Raymond Boathouse will exhibit a number of stories about maritime life here.  One example is shown below. 

Non COVID hours: Tues 9:30-12

and by appointment.

Closed in August

177 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT 06853 | (203) 831-0136