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Kingsland Homestead

Beneath the shade of a Weeping Beech tree, planted in 1847 in a small park in Flushing, stands the two-and-a-half story Kingsland Homestead. The structure was built by Charles Doughty in 1785 and is an important part of Queens’s history. Doughty was the son of Benjamin Doughty, a wealthy Quaker who purchased the land of the former turnpike in Flushing. The house has a gambrel roof, a crescent-shaped window in a side gable, and a Dutch-style front door split across the center. The gambrel...

Beneath the shade of a Weeping Beech tree, planted in 1847 in a small park in Flushing, stands the two-and-a-half story Kingsland Homestead. The structure was built by Charles Doughty in 1785 and is an important part of Queens’s history. Doughty was the son of Benjamin Doughty, a wealthy Quaker who purchased the land of the former turnpike in Flushing. The house has a gambrel roof, a crescent-shaped window in a side gable, and a Dutch-style front door split across the center. The gambrel roof allowed the house to be both tall and wide, resulting in a fully useable attic and a properly supported chimney. Also, while the house itself has an important history, its name has an equally significant past. The name "Kingsland" originated from Doughty's son-in-law, Joseph King, a British sea captain who purchased the home in 1801. Thus, the abode received his title and has since been called “Kingsland.” Currently, the Kingsland Homestead serves as the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society. The first floor of the building features exhibits depicting various events that have marked Queens’s history. These displays are created from items in the collection of the Queens Historical Society and from community resources. The second floor is decorated to depict the home of a middle-class Victorian family. Here, personal mementos such as lacework, diaries, notebooks and eyeglasses belonging to the Doughty and King families and other residents are frequently displayed.

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143-35 37th Ave.
New York City, NY 11354
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Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM and by appointment. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Closed.
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