Join New York Adventure Club for a private tour inside the Bowne House, the oldest house in Queens (1661) that was occupied by nine generations of the Bowne family, whose offspring have included prominent politicians, businessmen, educators, abolitionists, and horticulturalists.
The Museum’s exceptional collections illustrate the social history of the Bowne and Parsons families from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Most of the approximately 5,000 objects in possession are original to the house and belonged to the family.
Included are fine examples of English and American furniture, decorative arts, textiles, costumes, household artifacts, rare books and manuscripts, paintings and toys. Correspondence in the collection demonstrates the influence of political, social and economic events of the day on the house’s residents, including their civic activities. The collections are a renowned resource for scholars of American history and decorative arts.
Since it’s the weekend before Halloween, our guide will also discuss ghostly presences on the property discovered by a medium once upon a time.