John Bowne House
John Bowne House
|Area||9 acres (3.6 ha)|
|Architectural style||Anglo-Dutch Colonial|
|NRHP Reference #||77000974|
|Added to NRHP||September 13, 1977|
|Designated NYCL||February 15, 1966|
Built around 1661, it was the location of a Quaker meeting in 1662 that resulted in the arrest of its owner, John Bowne, by Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch Director-General of New Netherland. Bowne appealed his arrest successfully to the Dutch West India Company and established a precedent for religious tolerance and freedom in the colony. His appeal helped to serve as the basis for the later guarantees of freedom of religion, speech and right of assembly in the Constitution.
The Bowne House has been a museum since 1947, except for being closed the last ten years. After an exterior renovation, it has recently reopened on Wednesday afternoons and by appointment.
The home is a wood-frame Anglo-Dutch Colonial saltbox, notable for its steeply pitched roof with three dormers. The house was altered several times over the centuries, and several generations of the Bowne family lived in the house until 1945, when the family deeded the property to the Bowne Historical Society. The Bowne House reportedly served as a stop on the Underground Railroad prior to the American Civil War.
- List of the oldest buildings in New York
- Peter Stuyvesant
- Flushing Remonstrance
- Religious tolerance
- John Bowne
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- Media related to John Bowne House at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. NY-523, "Bowne House, 37-01 Bowne Street, Flushing, Queens County, NY", 33 photos, 18 measured drawings, supplemental material