This historic home in Jamaica Queens belonged to Rufus King, a lesser-known signatory to the Constitution, and New York Senator, and the first United States Ambassador to Great Britain after the American Revolution. The manor remained in the King Family until almost the 20th-century, when it was gifted to the city. The home and surrounding grounds now house a museum celebrating the life of Rufus King, his contributions to the American Revolution and the founding of the country.
What You Will See
The restored and preserved house is itself the highlight of a visit to the manor, but it is filled with samples of the manor's 1,400 object collection, including furniture, paintings, 18th-century toys, original family clothing, and extensive documents. The manor is accessible only by guided tour and hours are somewhat limited, so plan ahead (particularly given its location in Jamaica).
Why You Should Go
There is no single draw to King Manor. There are other preserved 18th-century homes in New York. There are other founding fathers who are better known whose lives can be explored in the city. There are other political and social activists to celebrate who contributed to the long fight for civil rights and against human slavery. But King manor is a unique combination of all three. Come learn about an early abolitionist who signed the Constitution and founded one of the great extant manor homes in New York City. It is a unique contribution and rewards intrepid visitors who make the long trip out.