Historic Flushing (Queens): Colonists, Quakers, and Tree Nurseries
From the brave English settlers who defied tyrannical Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant in the name of religious tolerance, to the oldest house of worship in New York State, to the terrible sacrifice suffered by Declaration of Independence Signer Francis Lewis, Flushing has seen New York history unfold on its land since the 1600s. Find out where Thomas Jefferson shopped for trees for his beloved Monticello, and where Quaker founder George Fox preached to hundreds under the shade of two grand oak trees, all here in the erstwhile village once called the prettiest on Long Island.
*Please note: This tour is about Flushing from the 1600s through the early 20th century, not present-day Asian Flushing*
Date: Sunday May 6, 2012
Event Start: Meet outside the Burger King, near the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
Event End: Outside the John Bowne House, 31-01 Bowne Street.
Host Organization: Linda McDonnell, Friendly Native New Yorker Tours
Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.
Accessibility: Partially Accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks