6. The King Manor, 1750

King Manor takes its name from Rufus King, one of the first senators of New York, ambassador to Great Britain, an outspoken abolitionist and one of the signers of the United States Constitution. The original farmhouse, built in the 1750s, and its surrounding property were purchased by King in 1805, and him and his wife immediately expanded the house and property, enlarging the estate from 90 acres to 122 acres.

King, who had returned to the United States in 1803, after spending seven years in England, landscaped his property in a way that recalls the English Picturesque style, with its semi-circular drive and clusters of trees as decoration. The house, located in Jamaica in what is now Rufus King Park, works as a museum detailing the lives of Rufus, John Alsop King (Rufus’s eldest son) and their roles in the anti-slavery movement.

We recommend visiting Rufus King Park soon, not just for King Manor but also for an art installation by Rose DeSiano, called Absent Moments, which explores the Native American history of Queens and will be on display until June 30, 2019.

The King Manor is located in 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica

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