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Join us for the 26th Annual Historic Holiday House Tour, December 8th 2013 from 1-5 pm!
Seven historic sites in Queens invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about these NYC Landmark houses and their unique histories. The Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Bowne House, and new this year, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will each offer special activities, delicious refreshments, and a glimpse at what life was once like during the holidays at this fun-filled annual event.
See the descriptions below to find out what's happening at each of the historic sites this year!
How it works:
You may begin at any of the participating sites and trolleys will be stopping at each site to bring you to your next destination.
Please note: One trolley will be only running between Louis Armstrong House and Flushing Town Hall, the other trolley will run continuously to the other sites.
$10 presale tickets/$12 at the door
Children under 12 are FREE with an accompanying adult
Kingsland Homestead: c. 1785, was occupied by the same family until the 1930s. In 1968, the house was moved from its original Flushing site to its current location. Home of the Queens Historical Society we offer school programs, tours, & lectures to the public documenting the history of Queens. Join us for a musical performances throughout the day and a special holiday gift shop sale of local history books.
Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sancturary & Victorian garden: dates back to 1891. Purchased by an immigrant who published German-language newspapers, it was home to three generations of one Queens family. For this festive event enjoy piano performances all day and a special gift and plant sale at this dressed-for-the-holiday period Victorian house.
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum: was constructed from 1887 to1889. Home of African-American inventor Lewis H. Latimer, he lived in this house from 1903 until his death in 1928. The son of fugitive slaves, he played a vital role in the development of the telephone and the Incandescent light bulb. Join us for an open house and traditional holiday refreshments.
The Friends Meeting House: is the first house of worship in the village of Flushing and NYC's oldest structure in continuous use for religious purposes. It was built in 1694. The house will be open for tours all day - and be sure to walk around the property and view the historic cemetery. The John Scardina Musical Ensemble will be performing throughout the day.
Flushing Town Hall: built in 1862 and was the cultural and political focal point of the village of Flushing. The building features a rich history that includes visits by dignitaries such as PT Barnum and Tom Thumb, operas, murder trials and even a jail cell. Frederick Douglass once spoke to the community from the portico. Now a performing and visual arts space, it is home to Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts.
The Bowne House: Built in 1661 by John Bowne. It is known for its connection to the principle of freedom of conscience in America. Bowne House, a city, state, and national landmark, was lived in by nine generations of the family. Though the museum is currently under restoration, its parlor will be decorated for the holidays and open to visitors. Beginning at 1:30pm, listen to a talk on traditional American Christmas customs and get updated on the museum’s restoration process.
The 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. This season holiday house tours will feature rare audio clips from Louis's personal recordings. You will hear Louis’s magical voice reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Visit from St. Nicholas,” along with other seasonal recordings. Free candy canes for kids 12 and under!
When & Where
Queens Historical Society
In an ever-changing borough that continues to undergo widespread development, the Queens Historical Society researches, records, and showcases issues that have had a profound impact on the history of Queens. As a repository of collections on the history of Queens and Long Island, the Society documents, preserves, and presents rich and diverse aspects of the history of the Borough of Queens for the education and enlightenment of its more than two million people.
The Queens Historical Society is located in the Historic Kingsland Homestead at Weeping Beech Park.
143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 939-0647 ext 17