37-01 Browne Street
Flushing, NY 11354
Built by John Bowne in 1661, this is one of New York City's oldest houses and a fine example of Dutch-English architecture in the U.S. Owned by the Bowne family until 1945, the house has an extensive and notable collection of 17th and 18th century furniture, pewter, artifacts, paintings, and Bowne family documents. The house has additional historic significance because it was here that John Bowne voiced his opposition to the outlawing of the Quaker sect by New Amsterdam governor Peter Stuyvesant. Bowne's protest not only secured freedom of religion for the colony, but also established the precedent that more than a century later led to the adoption of the First Amendment of the Constitution.