The late 18th century Kingsland
stands in a small park in Flushing, in tire shade of the
landmark Weeping Beech tree, planted in 1847. It is the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society.
Kingsland is located steps away G-onr tire 17th century Bowne House (the place where Quakers were
first permitted to meet in New Amsterdam).
Charles Doughty, who built the homestead about 1785, was the son of Benjamin Doughty, a wealthy
Quaker who purchased land on the old turnpike in Flushing. The name "Kingsland" derives from
Doughty's son-in-law, British sea captain Joseph King, who bought the home in 1801.
Tire two-and-a-Half story homestead has a gambrel roof, a
crescent-shaped window in a side gable,
and a Dutch-style front door split across the center. There is also an unusually wide hall arid a largely
intact original chimney. In 1805 Captain King overlaid the original exterior with shingles on all but the
west side of the house.
The first floor is used for exhibits depicting Queens history, drawing on the collection of the Queens Historical Society and community resources. A second floor parlor is decorated as if it belonged to a middle-class Victorian family Personal mementos such as lacework, diaries, notebooks and eyeglasses belonging to the Doughty and King families and later residents are _ displayed frorn time to time.
In 1923 a proposed subway extension threatened to destroy the house, and it was moved to the site or a nearby stable that Captain King had built. more than a century before. When the house was endangered by new construction in 1968, tire three-year-old Kingsland Preservation Committee had it transferred to its present. location oil property that once belonged to Samuel Parsons, a Flushing Nurseryman. The move preserved a house typical of its time but rare today.
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Museum Hours: 2:30 - 4:30 I'M, 'I'uesclay-Saturday-Sunday
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