Flushing Quaker Meeting House
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
John Bowne, 1694

The Old Quaker Meeting House has been used by Flushing Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends as a house of worship for over 300 years. The house remains today much as when it was first built, with dark, warm floorboards, simple benches and hand-hewn timber ceiling beams. To step across the threshold is to leave the present behind and to enter a profoundly sacred space seasoned by centuries of devotion. To those who visit, the Meeting House is a peaceful reminder of an eventful and historic past.

Built in 1694 by John Bowne and other early Quakers, the Old Quaker Meeting House is, by all known accounts, the oldest house of worship in New York State and the second oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation. Visitors to the Meeting House have included George Washington, John Woolman and William Penn. The Meeting House is recognized as a rare example of ecclesiastical architecture and as a monument to an important event in the struggle for religious freedom in America, the Flushing Remonstrance, a document which is perhaps the earliest demand for religious freedom in America. The Meeting House also saw the beginnings of the abolitionist movement and the first school in Flushing.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission described the Meeting House as “a prime example of medieval survival in its proportions and framing system. It is a plain rectangular building erected on a frame of forty-foot oak timbers, each hand hewn from a single tree.

Sunday Tour Info: Tours will last approximately 25 min.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring the history of Flushing's Quaker community? You may also enjoy the home of John Bowne, the early town leader who built the Meeting House, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image Credit: J. Ewing