King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Ave. Jamaica, NY 11432
Rufus King (1755-1827) was the youngest signer of the United States Constitution, a senator, an ambassador to Great Britain, and a candidate for president. He was also a leader in the abolition movement who employed and paid African-American workers rather than practice slavery on his farm in Jamaica.
From 1805 to 1896, King and his descendants lived in what is now an 11-acre property called “Rufus King Park.” They raised livestock and sowed wheat, barley, potatoes, corn, strawberries, apples, and peaches. Their three-story, three-chimney mansion with clapboard windows is now a museum, displaying the family’s furniture, glassware, clothes, musical instruments, toys, ceramics, paintings, and prints.
Inside scoop: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, King Manor hosts numerous seasonal festivals, classical music concerts, and even swearing-in ceremonies for new citizens.
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