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Our mission is to involve and educate children and adults in local and national history through an innovative presentation of King Manor and its collection in the context of life in Jamaica and the United States in the early 19th century. The only historic house museum in Southeast Queens, King Manor serves a largely minority and immigrant community and engages its audiences through historic site tours, interactive exhibits, lectures, public programs, and school and community outreach. Collections management, preservation, and architectural, archaeological and historical research are continuous activities at the museum. Our goal is to make history relevant and immediate, and to foster an awareness of the roots of the present and a deeper appreciation of history as an on-going process.
King Manor was the home and farm of Founding Father Rufus King from 1805 to 1827. King was an author of the U.S. Constitution, as well as one of New York's first United States Senators, Ambassador to Great Britain and opponent of slavery. It later became the estate of King's son, John Alsop King, who served as New York's Governor.