This 18th- and 19th-century house takes its name from Rufus King (1755-1827), member of the Continental Congress, a framer and signer of the U. S. Constitution, one of the first two senators from New York State and the ambassador to Great Britain under presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams.
In 1805 King bought a farm here that included an 18th-century Dutch-style house and attached Long Island-style half-house. A year after moving in he added a kitchen at the rear. Four years later he expanded the structure to its current Georgian grandeur by adding a dining room and two bedrooms. After his death his son, John, lived in the house and added Greek-Revival exterior details such as the portico and entrance way. The house remained with King's heirs until 1896, when it was purchased by the Village of Jamaica; two years later it was transferred to the city. A reconstruction of surrounding 11-acre King Park—with its period landscaping and native plants and wildflowers—has created a more appropriate setting for the manor. The museum itself introduces visitors to the family, home, farm, village and national life of that time.
Programs for Seniors
Group tours and programs are tailored to specific needs and interests and are available throughout the week; call (718) 206-0545, x11.
Open Hours for drop-in visitation
Guided tours are available Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon- 2:00 pm and Weekends from 1-5pm
King Manor Museum offers a number of daytime activities for families. Guided tours explore the first floor of King Manor and the second floor hallway, which currently serves as a gift shop.
Hands-on History programs for kids and families offered one Saturday each month. Enjoy a FREE drop-in program with stories, crafts and other fun activities for kids of all ages!
Season: Year-round (closed January, except by appointment)
Admission: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, free for children under 16
School groups visiting King Manor can participate in a variety of educational programs, which can be tailored to the needs of individual classes. All programs meet a wide variety of New York State and New York City Standards of Learning.
Archaeology Education Program: A tour of King Manor and hands-on activities introduce students to some of the steps and people involved in archaeology.
Discovering Rufus King, Life at King Manor, Winter Diversions and Celebrations, Historic Fun and Games and Rufus King: Anti-Slavery Politician: All explore Rufus King and his eldest son John King in terms of their political careers, their early anti-slavery efforts, life in 19th century Jamaica and the United States, and more.
- Program Location: At facility and at schools
- Program Season: Year-round
- Other Requirements: 1 chaperone for every 8 to 10 students
- Fees: $5-$10 per student, free for chaperones
- Multilingual? Yes-Weekend tours offered in Spanish
- Special Education Programs? Yes
- Publications for Teachers? Yes
- Workshops for Teachers? Yes
- School and group programs must be scheduled in advance!