Queens Historical Society
143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354 - United States
QHS owns and maintains the Kingsland Homestead, a late 18th-century Long Island Half-House style structure that is honored as being the first New York City landmark in Queens County. It is located in the historic Weeping Beech Park in Flushing, Queens. In addition to changing exhibitions, a period room displays furnishings of the Victorian era. QHS also owns and maintains the landmark Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Woodside, a rare surviving Colonial-era family burial ground established circa 1733.
The Kingsland Victorian Room has been modeled to appear as it would have in the year 1870. This year was chosen since it represents a transitional period for the Murray family. At this point, it was already several years since the death of the youngest son Edward, who died during the Civil War. The second oldest son William had just married Annie Cornelia Mitchell in 1868 and moved into Kingsland with his young family. It was also two years before the death of the family matriarch, Mary Ann King. At this point the house would have been home to ten people, including two young couples and their children.
Aunt Mary's Landing
Mary King Murray was affectionately referred to as "Aunt Mary" by her family. Aunt Mary resided at Kingsland from 1847 until the 1920s. She is the linchpin in the history of Kingsland and its owners from its construction in 1785 until its sale during the Depression of the 1930s. Aunt Mary saved numerous mementoes from her great grandparents, grandparents, and her parents. Displayed on Aunt Mary's Landing are these handed down memories along with other personal items that were part of her everyday life from childhood to adulthood.
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