King Manor Museum

SE Queens Press: Museum Remembers Life of Sen. Rufus King

July 2nd, 2014

Museum Remembers Life Of Sen. Rufus King

As an historic house museum in Southeast Queens, King Manor Museum caters to a community of minorities and immigrants. The museum, which used to be the Jamaica farm of former U.S. Sen. Rufus King until his death in 1827, offers historic tours that serve the needs of its visitors.

The King Manor Museum is run by the King Manor Association of L.I., Inc. The mission of the association is to “involve and educate children and adults in local and national history through an innovative presentation of King Manor and its collection in the context of life in Jamaica and the United States in the early 19th century.”

A New Partnership for King Manor

January 13th, 2014

Five Boroughs Music Festival Comes To Queens


Originally Published in the Queens Tribune, January 9, 2014:

This month, a chamber music celebration will return to Queens, as part of a Citywide showcase.

The Five Boroughs Music Festival will feature chamber music performances in Queens during January and March. The festival is meant to bring affordable, world-class chamber music to every borough in the City, rather than sticking to Manhattan, where those types of performances are more widespread. (more…)

NYS Abolitionist and Civil Rights Trail

November 13th, 2013

Did you know that this past summer the NYS Legislature created an official “New York abolitionist and civil rights history trail” program with the stated intent to conserve and enhance the historic, cultural, and economic resources of the abolitionist and civil rights movements in New York.   The trail, the legislature said, will be developed for both academic research and tourism, noting that there were many notable abolitionists and civil rights activists in the state who fought for freedom from slavery and segregation. and deserve increased recognition.  Click here to read the legislation in full.

King Manor has already been designated a site on this newly designated trail.  Visit to plan your travels along this thematic trail — and be sure to include us on your itinerary!  As we learn more about this new program we’ll add update the news blog on this site!

Becoming Citizens on Citizenship Day

September 19th, 2013

71 individuals from 18 different countries became American citizens at King Manor Museum on 9/17/13, the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted the ceremony and the Honorable William F. Kuntz II of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, administered the Oath of Allegiance.  Most of the new American citizens proudly identified themselves as residents of King Manor’s Jamaica neighborhood.

Following the ceremony, the new citizens and their guests were invited to add their signatures to a copy of the Constitution and to have their photo taken with a statue of Constitution signer — and framer — Rufus King!

Storm Closure Updates

February 8th, 2013

King Manor Museum will be closed on Saturday, February 9 AND Sunday, February 10 due to snow conditions.  The Hands-on History event scheduled for this weekend has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 16 from 12-3.

New Americans Celebrate Their Citizenship

October 3rd, 2012
Published in the Queens Chronicle, Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Americans celebrate their citizenship

The flag waved proudly and prominently at Rufus King Manor in Jamaica

Photos by Walter Karling

There was enough flag waving and patriotic pride to make one think it was the Fourth of July, but the celebration, held on Sept. 17 at Rufus King Manor in Jamaica, was to swear in newly naturalized citizens.

The site was particularly appropriate because it was the summer home of founding father Rufus King, who was also a state senator and an ardent foe of slavery.

Congratulating the new citizens at the ceremony were its presiding officer, Judge Margo Broadie of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York, and Timothy Houghton, Queens field office director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The keynote speaker was King Manor caretaker Roy Fox, who gave a history of King and his role in the early years of the Republic. Also invited to speak were Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans).

Rufus King and Citizenship

September 25th, 2012
Published in the Jamaica Times, Times Ledger newspapers, Sept. 21, 2012

Rufus King ceremony ushers immigrants to citizenship

By Rich Bockmann

Photo by Rich Bockmann
Naturalization candidates wave American flags before taking the Oath of Allegiance and becoming U.S. citizens.

Celidez Arvelo was choked with emotion Monday when after 11 years in this country she could finally call herself an American citizen.

“You change your life forever. [When I came to America,] I only wanted to pass through and stay a while,” the immigrant from the Dominican Republic said. “I love America and I want to be here forever.”


Queens Welcomes New U.S. Citizens

September 21st, 2012
Published in the Queens Tribune, Thursday, September 20, 2012

Queens Welcomes New U.S. Citizens


The new citizens gather after the naturalization ceremony at the King Manor Museum on Monday.
Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen

King Manor Museum held a naturalization ceremony on Sept. 17, the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Occurring on what is known as Citizenship Day, the ceremony meant the beginning of a new life for the 75 citizens naturalized, and for their families who came out to celebrate with them. The weather was sunny and warm, but the crowd was comfortable, shaded under a tent in King Manor’s backyard. The museum is the one-time home of Rufus King, one of the Founding Fathers and one of the five framers of the Constitution. (more…)

Our America Is Too Strong to Kill

September 21st, 2012
Published in the NY Daily News, Sunday, September 16, 2012

Our America is too strong to kill

Sunday, September 16, 2012

You can’t kill this America.

This is the indestructible America that those people who kill our ambassadors, storm our embassies and burn Old Glory wish were theirs.

On Monday, Sept. 17, on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, 75 immigrants who know what life is like elsewhere and think life is better here will be sworn in as American citizens at the King Manor and Museum in Jamaica, Queens.

Our Illustrious Caretaker!

April 25th, 2012

For Stewards of Historic Homes, No Salary but Unbeatable Rent

Originally Published in the NY Times, April 20, 2012

It has been nearly a quarter-century since Roy Fox had a regular salary. He is not a lottery winner or the recipient of some grand family fortune. He is, in short, the type of person who long ago would have been priced out by New York’s ever-climbing housing market. (more…)