Join in to explore the historic Victorian sections of Maple Grove. Jo-Anne Raskin – Friends of Maple Grove Board Member, Lecturer and Tour Guide – will take guests back in time to visit the grave sites of many historic, notable and interesting residents. Learn these residents’ stories and the history behind Victorian funerary symbols and styles.
Meet location: VICTORIAN ADMIN BUILDING, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road
Fee: $15/$10 for FMG members – cash or checks accepted.
Light refreshments will be served.
Free parking on cemetery grounds inside the gate at Lefferts Blvd.
Join us for our annual Spirits Alive presentation at Maple Grove. Enter any time after 2:30 PM to walk through the Victorian Section of the cemetery to meet over 20 actors portraying some of our illustrious and historical figures in period costumer, recounting tales of their lives, including some new discoveries. Our special theme this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918. There will be a special ceremony with the unveiling of a new historical monument. Free admission! Period costume encouraged! Drive into the Queens Blvd. or 129th St. & Kew Gardens Rd. gates for free parking on cemetery grounds. Walk in at the gate at Lefferts Blvd.
King Manor’s caretaker and longtime Jamaica resident Roy Fox will lead a walking tour of this beloved neighborhood. Learn about the history of the area from colonial times to the present and how the sites we see today are connected to Rufus King and his family. Some might think King Manor is the coolest place to see in Jamaica, but there’s a lot around here. Join in this Jamaica Walking Tour whether you’re interested in learning more about your neighborhood or just love NYC history.
Join in for the Museum’s annual Behind the Scenes tour of the home of Rufus King, signer of the United States Constitution and early voice in the anti-slavery movement. Originally constructed in the 1750s, King lived here from 1805 until his death in 1827. Executive Director of the King Manor Museum Nadezhda Allen will lead a behind-the-scenes tour, which will encompass the entire house from the basement to the attic and from the servants’ quarters to the King family’s parlor. Explore how the house, a designated New York City Individual and Interior Landmark, tells its history of three major phases of construction (c1750, c1790 and 1810) and still holds a few mysteries.