Historic Flushing: 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 grounds 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*

Where to meet: Meet outside the Burger King, near the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Take the 7 to "Main Street", the very last stop.

When to meet: 12:45 for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Historic Flushing"

Fee: $15 cash, exact change appreciated!

The tour will be approximately 2/2.5 hours long. While Friendly Native tours walk rain or shine 99.9% of the time, on rare occasions they will be postponed in cases of what can be deemed dangerous weather, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.   Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella! I re-injured my leg on the last rainy tour having to share my umbrella with someone else, so unfortunately I can't take a chance on that again.

The nearest restrooms to this location are right inside Burger King, and a few blocks away also on Main Street in either the McDonald's or Starbuck's. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

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  • Linda

    Here's a link to the text of the Flushing Remonstrance, signed at the home of Michael Milner on what would be today's Northern Boulevard: http://www.nyym.org/flushing/re...­ The list of signers is there, including the unlucky Tobias Feake!

    September 4, 2012

  • Anna

    I really enjoyed this tour. Linda makes history interesting.

    August 25, 2012

  • Linda

    Quite a few folks with ties to Flushing on out tour today, and all eager to find out, "But I've always wondered..." kinds of things! Weather was no problem at all, and we got a nice peek inside Flushing Town Hall to boot. Great to see Alba, Anna, and Donna again, and to meet Sharon and Jim for the first time.

    August 25, 2012

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