King Manor Museum

King Manor takes its name from Rufus King, a member of the Continental Congress, a framer and signer of the Constitution, one of the first senators from New York State, the ambassador to Great Britain under four presidents and an outspoken opponent of slavery.

In 1820, he delivered two of the most radical speeches heard in the Senate before the Civil War. His opposition to the admission of Missouri as a slave state marked the apogee of his long antislavery career.

In 1805, Rufus King and his wife purchased 90 acres of land and this 18th-Century farmhouse. They immediately expanded the House; the landscaped estate and working farm grew to 122 acres. After King’s death in 1827, his eldest son, John Alsop King, continued to operate the farm and made further improvements to the House. John followed his father’s footsteps into politics, serving as a congressman and governor of the State of New York. The House remained in the King family until 1896, and opened as a museum in 1900.

Today, the Museum’s programs focus on the roles of Rufus and John Alsop King in the early antislavery movement, and life and work at King Manor in the 19th-Century.

King Manor Museum is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the King Manor Association of L.I., Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

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King Manor Museum


King Manor Museum
King Park
150-03 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
Mailing Address
90-04 161 Street, Suite 704
Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 206-0545

Mondays through Fridays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Groups and researchers by appointment. Closed in January.

Subway: F to Parsons Blvd. (exit 153rd St., walk two blocks south to King Park) or Handicap Access Symbol E, J, or Z to Jamaica Center (exit Archer Ave. / 153rd St., walk 1 block north)
Bus: Q24, Q42, Q43, Q44, Q54, Q56, or Q83 to downtown Jamaica.
Train: Jamaica LIRR station to transportation – 1 block north on Sutphin Blvd. to Jamaica Avenue, and then 4 blocks east on Jamaica Ave. View on Google Maps

Admission (suggested)
$5 for Adults; $3 Seniors and Students;
Free for Children 16 and under

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This site is currently available to rent.