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2018 Annual Holiday Historic House Tour

Sunday, December 9, 2018

1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

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Celebrate the holiday season with seven historic sites in Queens and learn about their unique histories!

Set your own pace and visit as many sites as you choose.

One ticket is good for all seven (7) sites. Each historic house offers tours, sponsors activities, and provides refreshments and snacks. Many of the houses will have musical performances throughout the day, holiday crafts to make and take, and historically- themed seasonal displays and decorations.

The six sites are within walking distance. The 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.

For more information, please contact the Queens Historical Society at (718) 939-0647 ext. 14 or via email at

All houses are wheelchair accessible (in compliance with ADA standards).

Tour Sites

Kingsland Homestead ca. 1785, was occupied by the King/Murray Family until the 1930s. In 1968, the house was moved from its second Flushing site to its current location. 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 our new poetry exhibition, as well as a surprise musical interlude. Learn about Civil War nurse Annie Cornelia Mitchell Murray.

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden dates to 1891. Experience old-fashioned hospitality in the former home of three generations of Flushing residents. Visit the home of Conrad Voelker, a German immigrant newspaper publisher, who came to Flushing in the 1890s. The Victorian period house is dressed for the holidays. Join in a holiday sing-along, and sample some cookies and hot cider.

Lewis H. Latimer House was the home of an African-American inventor whose innovations in designing carbon laments ushered in the age of electric light. A New York City landmark, the 2.5-story Victorian house was home to African-American inventor and Renaissance man Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928), who was also a son of fugitive slaves. The museum calls attention to Latimer’s and other minorities’ contributions to technology, arts, poetry, and American life. The museum offers interactive tours, special art exhibits, and literary and STEAM educational programs. Latimer’s life story is used as a point of departure from which to examine issues of race, class, immigration, and contemporary events.

Flushing Town Hall was built in 1862 and was the cultural and political focal point of the village of Flushing. The building features a jail cell; a rich and varied history that includes murder trials, operas, visits by Teddy Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant, and a performance by PT Barnum and Tom Thumb. In 1999, Flushing Town Hall was transformed into a thriving multi-disciplinary arts center that includes a 308-seat theater, gallery, garden, classroom and rehearsal space. Visitors can enjoy the annual holiday market featuring handcrafted gift items by local artists, and a special performance by Ecuadorian youth orchestra (tickets required).

Friends Meeting House was established in 1694 as a testament to the successful struggle for religious freedom associated with the Flushing Remonstrance and is considered New York’s oldest house of worship. Quakers still worship here every Sunday as they have for more than 300 years. The meetinghouse will be open for tours; be sure to walk around the property and view the historic cemetery.

Bowne House is the oldest house in Queens (1661), was home to John Bowne and nine generations of the Bowne/Parsons family.  For early Quakers, it was a place to gather for worship.  For thousands of visitors, it served as a memorial to John Bowne and his role in securing the freedoms espoused in the 1645 Charter of the Town of Flushing and The Flushing Remonstrance (1657), principles later enshrined in the First Amendment. The museum offers tours. Bowne House is a City, State, and National Landmark.

Louis Armstrong House Museum was built in 1910. It is a National Historic Landmark and NYC Landmark. Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille purchased the house in 1943 and it became their permanent home. In keeping with Louis and Lucille’s tradition, the house will be brightly decorated for the holidays. Learn about the house’s outstanding woman Lucille Armstrong, who was responsible for preserving the Legacy of Louis Armstrong. To her, we owe the treasure of a well-preserved archival collection. Virtual tour available on ground level.


143-35 37th Avenue
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$15 advances purchase, $20 at the door, $5 children (under 12)

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Kingsland Homestead

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(718) 939-0647

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