Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flushing in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Friends Meeting House

Flushing Freedom Mile

 
 
Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
1. Friends Meeting House Marker
Inscription. The Friends Meeting House was the first house of worship in the village of Flushing. It is New York City’s oldest house of worship in continuous use, and the second oldest in the nation. The house was built in 1694, and provided Flushing’s Quakers with their first permanent place of worship. Until that time, Quakers attended services in the kitchen of John Bowne’s house, a few blocks away. Bowne himself is buried in the graveyard behind the meeting house.

The Friends Meeting House has served its original purpose for more than 300 years – interrupted only briefly during the American Revolution, when the British used it as a prison, a hospital, and a stable. The meeting house was built with 40 foot timbers of Oak trees from the area. The two sets of doors were originally used as separate entrances for men and women.
 
Location. 40° 45.784′ N, 73° 49.829′ W. Marker is in Flushing, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on Northern Blvd. (New York State Route 25A), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing NY 11354, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quaker Meeting House (here, next to this marker); Flushing Civil War Monument
Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
2. Friends Meeting House Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (was approx. one mile away but has been reported missing. ); Flushing Meadows Corona Park (approx. one mile away); David Dinkins Circle (approx. 1.1 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.2 miles away); Column of Gerash (approx. 1.3 miles away); Unisphere (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flushing.
 
More about this marker. Two photographs appear at the bottom left of the marker. They have captions of “The tranquil, pastoral landscape surrounding the Friends Meeting House in this 19th century photograph stands in stark contrast to the hustle and congestion of the 20th century.” and “The Friends Meeting House is simple, with benches facing each other. Elders and traveling Quakers sat on the raised benches. At worship, all who feel led are invited to speak.” Next to this is a picture of a British soldier tending to a sick comrade with a caption of “During the American Revolution, the Friends Meeting House was taken over by
Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 28, 2011
3. Friends Meeting House
British troops, and used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.”
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
Paid Advertisement