Bowne House & Quaker Meeting House Photos on Hart-L
It has been a while since we had any news at the Hart-L web site. However, I recently received the email below from Bob Singleton. Bob included several photos that he had from the Bowne House and the Quaker Meeting House in Flushing, NY. I was not aware of the Remonstrance Monument until I received Bob's email. It appears to contain the text of the Remonstrance along with the signers names at the bottom. Bob has some excellent suggestions concerning how we might assist in the preservation of our common heritage.
You can find the photos by going to the Hart-L web site ; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hart-L/
Click "Sign-In" in the upper right hand corner, enter you username and password, then click on "Files" on the left hand side of the home page. The photos are listed in the "Bowne & Meeting House Photos" file folder.
If you have any trouble accessing the photos, you can email me directly at montyh@... and I'll email them to you.
Thanks Bob, for your email and for all the great photos.
Cousin Monty Hart
Monty, I am sending these to you to try to stir up some interest in the dormant Edward Hart website. I assume you are familiar with the layout of downtown Flushing. The Quaker meeting house (1692) is on Northern Blvd. a half block east of Main Street. Bowne House, on Bowne Street, is two blocks east, and a half block south from the Meeting House on Northern Blvd. The Meeting House I have always believed was part of a larger lot that was the location of Edward Hart's home. It is located in one of the prime spots in Flushing befitting someone with Edward's background and position in the village. Bowne House, the oldest home in Queens, is from 1661. The is little doubt that Edward walked through its doors. The historical society, founded in 1945 when the last Bowne died at the house, has fallen on hard times. The society is transferring the title to the house to the city. The interior is closed to groups, the contents in storage. Its restoration project on hold. They would welcome support from any quarter. The Remonstrance Monument is on a neglected overgrown portion of the grounds. It is my hope that these images help Edward Hart descendants formally create an association to look into maintaining and disseminating the family heritage. When we consider what this remarkable man did, how much he has slipped into obscurity, and how little of his past is known, this action is long overdue. It would be excellent if a delegation of Harts inspected these places first hand. I also have copies of several documents in his hand that were part of a collection (now missing) that the Bownes put together in the nineteenth century. Bob Singleton ________________________ Here is a list of the four photos that Bob sent. You can find them at EH1.jpg Top- Back (north side) of Meeting House (facing street) Bottom- Front (south side) of Meeting House EH3.jpg top Bowne House N W Corner bottom Bowne N E corner observe recent construction EH4.jpg top Bowne House S E Corner Bottom Remonstrance Monument EH5.jpg top- Cemetery behind Meeting House (burial place of Edward Hart? - stones were not used until mid 1700s. bottom- Inside Meeting House - bench for elders