Open House New York features Flushing Meetinghouse this year!
Built in 1694 by John Bowne and other early Quakers, the Meetinghouse is, by all known accounts, the oldest house of worship in New York State and the second oldest Quaker meetinghouse in the nation. Visitors to the Meeting House have included George Washington, John Woolman and William Penn. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes the Meetinghouse as a rare example of 17th Century ecclesiastical architecture and as a monument to an important event in the struggle for religious freedom in America, the Flushing Remonstrance, a document which is perhaps the earliest demand for religious freedom in America. The Meeting House also saw the beginnings of the abolitionist movement and the first school in Flushing.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission described the Meeting House as “a prime example of medieval survival in its proportions and framing system. It is a plain rectangular building erected on a frame of forty-foot oak timbers, each hand hewn from a single tree.
Sunday Tour Info: Tours will last approximately 25 min.