Queens’ crown jewel: the Bowne House whispers of tolerance

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The title of Queens’ oldest building belongs to the Bowne House, a captivating landmark steeped in history. Built around 1661 by John Bowne, a Quaker seeking religious freedom, this Dutch Colonial structure is one of the oldest surviving dwellings in New York City.

Bowne’s defiance of Dutch religious laws sparked a pivotal legal battle, paving the way for greater tolerance in the colony. Generations of the Bowne family resided here, actively advocating for social causes like women’s education and abolition.

Today, the restored Bowne House stands as a museum where people can explore and learn about the Bowne family’s legacy.

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