King Manor Museum Celebrates the Life of Abolitionist Rufus King
3/24: Happy 264th Birthday to Rufus King!
As a non-profit museum, King Manor relies heavily on the generosity of our supporters. Thanks to them, we are able to welcome over 4,000 school children on class trips every year, provide free lectures, tours, and festivals, and care for the historic house and its collections. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been open to the public since 1900. King Manor is owned by the City of New York, operated by the King Manor Association of L.I., Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
A great way to support King Manor Museum and stay involved is our Friendship program!
Individual: $50 (Senior/Student: $40)
Year-long Admissions Pass
Discounted rates for concerts and special events
10% discount in the museum shop
One complimentary ticket to our annual Holiday Party
All individual level benefits for a family or couple.
Invitation to special Circle-only events and tours
Archibald Gracie was a Scottish-born businessman and merchant. Two of Rufus’s sons (Charles and James) married two of Archibald’s daughters (Eliza and Sarah). When Archibald’s shipping business suffered due to the War of 1812, Rufus lent him money and held the mortgage on his country house overlooking the East River. This house, Gracie Mansion, now serves as the home of the mayor of New York City.
John Trumbull Circle: $250 ($225 tax-deductible)
All Gracie Circle benefits plus:
20% discount in the museum shop
Free admission to participating museums
American painter John Trumbull and Rufus met in Boston as recent graduates of Harvard, and the two became life-long friends. While working in London on negotiations for the Jay Treaty, John met and married Sarah Hope Harvey, a young woman from a lower class background. While others in their social circle turned their back on the couple, Rufus and Mary remained loyal. Not only did they attend the wedding (along with Christopher Gore and his wife), Rufus also gave the bride away in the ceremony, and Mary gave her a pearl comb to wear in her hair.
Christopher Gore Circle: $500 ($450 tax-deductible)
All Trumbull Circle benefits plus:
An additional complimentary ticket to our annual Holiday Party
Christopher Gore, another Harvard graduate, was a close friend of John Trumbull and Rufus, meeting in Boston as young men and later serving together in the American diplomatic corps in England. Christopher and his wife Rebecca, who had no children of their own, cared for Rufus and Mary’s sons while the couple visited Europe in 1802 and later kept an eye on the boys when they attended school near the Gore’s Waltham, Massachusetts home. Two of Rufus’s sons, James and Frederick, were given Gore as their middle names.
Alexander Hamilton Circle: $1000 ($850 tax-deductible)
All Gore Circle benefits plus:
Behind-the-Scenes tour for up to 10 guests
Alexander Hamilton and Rufus became friends and political allies during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Amongst the youngest delegates at just 32, they were part of the five-man Committee of Style and Arrangement that drafted the Constitution. Alexander was godfather to Rufus’s eldest son, and he helped secure Rufus a spot as one of New York’s first two U.S. Senators. After Alexander’s infamous duel with Aaron Burr, Rufus’s sadness was apparent in a notebook in which he inscribed the name of his friend and the lines, “Each rising sun beholds my ceaseless grief / And night returning brings me no relief.”
Thanks for becoming a Friend of King Manor!
Or mail check payable to King Manor Association to:
King Manor Museum 90-04 161 Street, Suite 704 Jamaica, NY 11432