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Spring is just around the corner but winter
still had its charms for passersby on Bowne Street
during the recent snow.
The historic Parsons
era maple tree, Acer palmatum, was a spectacular
sight, with its graceful branches covered in
a powdery snow. The tree has been a feature at
the Bowne House, whose gardens contain a number
of species grown in the nearby Parsons Nursery,
founded by Samuel Parsons in Flushing in 1838.
Bowne House, ca. 1661, was occupied by the family
until it became a museum in 1945; the last occupants
of the house were the Parsons sisters.
the late 18th and well into the 19th centuries,
Flushing was a site of several famous nurseries.
These nurseries included the Prince and Bloodgood
nurseries as well as the nursery founded by Samuel
Parsons. Parsons traveled the world in search
of unusual plant material to provide stock for
his Flushing nursery. Some of his best known
and most celebrated species, besides the maple,
include the Weeping Beech, the rhododendron,
and the Valencia orange. Many of these horticultural
treasures, which are now common in American gardens,
originated in Asian countries. Parsons passports
and materials relating to his travels are in
the archives of the Bowne House Historical Society.
year, the Bowne House Historical Society is planning
a program and exhibit on the Parsons Nursery’s
contributions to horticulture. Information on
the program will be posted on the Bowne website.
House 2015 Landmarks50 Celebration - A Call for Founding Families >>
Bowne House Newsletter Autumn 2014 >>
9/16/2014 Update: The bill passed!
"This bill, HR 3222, was the inspiration
of Adam Sackowitz, then a student at Hofstra
University. Adam has encouraged this project
and has followed its progress through its successful
passage yesterday in the House of Representatives.
We congratulate Adam and Representative Grace
Meng on its passage."
Legislative Alert and Update- HR 3222, the
Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, will be brought
to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives
Monday, September 15th, 2014. The bill authorizes
a study of the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance and
of related events which took place in Flushing
in the mid 17th century; these events led to
the establishment of freedom of religion in the
colony. Over 100 years later, this principle
of religious freedom was incorporated into the
We urge those with an interest in supporting
this study to contact their elected representatives.
Congratulations to Representative Meng for introducing
this bill, which would focus attention on an
important event in early American history.
at The Bowne House 2014 >>
Bowne's Flushing: Material Life On A Dutch
A Thesis by Lauren Holly Brincat
Letter from The President 2014 >>
Day of Service at the Bowne House >>
forgotten story of the Flushing Remonstrance >>
by Wei Zhu
OKs Bowne House Center Plan >>
HR 3222, the Flushing Remonstrance Study Act,
has been introduced by Congresswoman Grace
Meng. Please see the details
here. Those wishing to support this study
of an important aspect of American history
may wish to contact their elected representatives
and express as individuals or as organizations
their support for this proposal to advance
knowledge and appreciation of America's history
of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.
House Newsletter Autumn 2013
Bowne House Preservation Project is
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. Read
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.