Celebrate the holiday season with six Queens historic sites and learn about their unique histories!
Set your own pace and visit as many sites as you choose. One ticket is good for all six sites. Each historic house offers guided tours, family-friendly activities, and refreshments. Many of the houses will have musical performances, holiday crafts to make and take, and historically-themed seasonal displays and decorations.
All sites are within walking distance. Shuttle stops will be provided at selected historic house sites. Shuttle routes and schedule handouts will be provided to visitors on the day of the event.
Please click here for information on ticketing. For more information, contact the Queens Historical Society at 718-939-0647, ext. 14 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FLUSHING TOWN HALL
Built in 1862 and designated a landmark in 1967, Flushing Town Hall once served as a civic hub but has evolved into a dynamic cultural venue presenting high-quality, award-winning performing and visual arts programs, including theater, jazz, classical and world music, dance, puppetry, exhibitions and family programs with interactive workshops. Visitors can step into a stunning 308-seat concert hall and theater, gallery, gift shop and classroom, and explore a tranquil garden that hosts everything from free concerts to yoga classes. At Holly Tour, Flushing Town Hall hosts its annual Holiday Market, and artists and crafts people from the Queens area will be selling their wares including jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted ceramics, paper goods, greeting cards, clothing, and more. Learn more at www.flushingtownhall.org
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
The Meeting House was established in 1694 as a testament to the successful struggle for religious freedom associated with the Flushing Remonstrance. It is considered New York’s oldest house of worship and Quakers worship here every Sunday as they have for more than 300 years. Flushing Friends welcome you for a tour of their historic building and a walk around their historic cemetery. Visit their website at www.flushingfriends.org
Kingsland Homestead, ca. 1785, one of the first landmarks in Queens, was occupied by the King / Murray Family until the 1930s. Home of the Queens Historical Society, Kingsland offers school programs, tours, and lectures to the public documenting the history of Queens. Get into the holiday spirit with guided tours by our curator of our new Flushing Garden exhibition, as well as making your own pressed flower scrapbook. Visit their website at www.queenshistoricalsociety.org
THE BOWNE HOUSE
The Bowne House, the oldest house in Queens, was home to John Bowne and nine generations of the Bowne and Parsons family. The house has a remarkable collection of original furnishings, thanks to continual occupancy by one family. Tours include discussions of early holiday traditions and customs here and abroad, and demonstrations of Colonial crafts. For young visitors, and those young at heart, we will have a display of an early dollhouse with its own miniature furnishings. Refreshments will include a treat typical of those served in the region of the Bowne family’s ancestral home in the English countryside. Visit their website at www.bownehouse.org
LEWIS LATIMER HOUSE MUSEUM
Lewis Latimer House Museum is the Landmarked home of African American inventor and son of fugitive slaves Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928). The Museum offers guided tours, arts exhibits inspired by Latimer, literary series, and STEAM educational programs. Visit their website at www.lewislatimerhouse.org
VOELKER ORTH MUSEUM
The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden dates to 1891 and the house and garden still provide a place for gracious hospitality. In the 1890s, it was home to an immigrant family who published German-language newspapers and remained their home for three generations. Decked out for the holidays, visitors are invited to join in an old-fashioned sing-along with Kenneth Gartman at piano, see a display of miniatures along with an art exhibition, sample holiday cookies (pfeffernusse, included) take a house tour, and stop in at the gift and plant sale. Visit their website at www.vomuseum.org
All houses are handicap accessible (in compliance with ADA standards.