4. The Old Quaker Meeting House, 1694
The Old Quaker Meeting House, built in 1694, has been used by the Flushing Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends as a house of worship for over 300 years. In fact it’s the second oldest Quaker meetinghouse in the nation. The building’s structure is unique in its design: it has an extremely steep hipped roof, traditional of the roofs of medieval Holland. Its inside remains simple: dark floorboards, plain benches and hand-hewn timber ceiling beams.
Like the John Bowne House, The Old Quaker Meeting House played a crucial role in the struggle for religious tolerance (and it was, coincidentally, also built by John Bowne). It’s the site where the Flushing Remonstrance was written in 1657, one of the oldest demands for religious freedom in America. It was also part of the abolition movement in New York, and its graveyard contains many early prominent Long Island families, including John Bowne and his family.
The Old Quaker Meeting House welcomes everyone to come worship with them every Sunday at 11:00 AM, and there are tours of the building and graveyard every Sunday at 12:00 PM.
The Old Quaker Meeting House is located in 137-16 Northern Boulevard, Flushing