Join us for the 29th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
December 11, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 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 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; most of the sites are within a short walking distance of each other, however transportation is provided for those who need it. Visit as few or as many as you'd like!
$15 presale tickets/$20 at the door day of the event
Children under 12 are $5
Kingsland Homestead: Built c. 1785, Kingsland was occupied by five generations of 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. Get into the Holiday spirit with our new exhibit "Toys and Games From the Attic and Beyond!" There will also be refreshments and a special holiday gift shop sale of local history books.
Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sancturary & Victorian Garden: This house dates back to 1891. Purchased by an immigrant who published German-language newspapers, it was home to three generations of one Queens family. The Victorian period house is dressed for the holidays. Guests are invited to add some gum drops to the gingeerbread houses on display. Join in a holiday sing along, and sample some cookies and hot cider. There's also a gift and plant sale too.
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum: The house was constructed from 1887 to 1889. 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. Highlights include: Guided Tour; Antique Lamp Collection; Gartden; Tinkering Lab; Interactive Poetry Installation.
The Friends Meeting House: This 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 - be sure to walk around the property and view the historic cemetery.
Flushing Town Hall was built in 1862 and was the cultural & political focal point of the village of FLushing. The building feartures a jail cell; a rich and varied history that includes murder trials, operas, visits by Teddy Roosevelt & Ulysses S. Grant and a performance by PT Barnum & Tom Thumb. Visitors can get some holiday shopping done at our Holiday Market with local fine-craft artisans selling their wares!
The Bowne House was built in 1661 by John Bowne. It is known for its connection to the principle of freedom of conscience in America, linking it to the First Amendment. Bown House, a city, state and national landmark, was lived in by nine generations of the family. Preservation of the exterior was completed in 2015. Come discover the intriging past uncovered during these renocations.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum: 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.
No refunds or ticket exchanges for any other event.