Historic Houses in NYC
by Annie Bergen, 04/23/2013
Courtesy, King Manor Museum
King Manor Museum
King Park, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., 718-206-0545, Jamaica, Queens
The only historic house in southeast Queens is King Manor, which was home to Rufus King, one of the signers of the Constitution and a fervent opponent of slavery. King lived a hectic political life as Massachusetts lawmaker, New York senator and ambassador to England. He and his family settled down at a country estate in Jamaica, Queens, where he spent time renovating the 18th-century farmhouse. The acreage surrounding the house served as a working farm where King experimented with innovative growing methods for his crops and raised livestock including sheep and cows. These days, King Manor educates visitors on the legacy of the family, and its programs focus on the Kings' role in the early anti-slavery movement.
Don't Miss: hearing a rendition of Rufus King's 1820 speech regarding Missouri statehood and slavery.