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Manumission and New York Mayor Walter Bowne.
The Bowne House Historical Society has received
this inquiry from a descendant of the Johnson
and Foster families regarding Mayor Bowne's
role in a Virginia manumission case decided
in the Supreme Court of Appeals in Virginia.
The case was heard in 1931, during Bowne's
term as mayor.
The Society would welcome any information about
this case or about any manumission transactions
witnessed or signed by Mayor Walter Bowne.
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Bowne House Preservation Project is
(May 2, 2013)
We are pleased to announce that our long awaited
preservation project is now underway. This phase,
the exterior restoration of the 1661 house, is
under the supervision of architects Jan Hird
Pokorny Associates, and Steven Foxworth, Project
Manager at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Bowne House is closed
for an extensive restoration. Group visits
to our grounds and gardens may be arranged
with advance notice. If you would like to discuss
a tour of the gardens, please email email@example.com or
January 2012: The
Bowne House Parlor Reopens For Group Tours >>
the “Sweet Tooth” of Flushing’s
Early Quakers >>
A microcosm of 300 years of social, cultural
and political history, Bowne House (ca. 1661)
is the oldest house in Queens and among the oldest
in New York City.