Flushing Cemetery Walking Tour
Co-sponsored with The Voelker Orth Museum
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
*Rain Date: Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Group meets at 1:45pm
Location: The Flushing Cemetery
163-06 46th Avenue,
Flushing, NY 11358
Meets inside the main gate at the Chapel
Directions: 718-359-0100 or
Price: $10 Registration
Purchase Tickets Here
Local historian James Driscoll and horticultural specialists Fred Gerber and Chuck Wade lead an informative tour highlighting key figures and features of this park-like burial ground. Established in 1853, the cemetery is a testament to Flushing’s arboreal and horticultural heritage. As Flushing was a center for horticultural nurseries through the 19th century, the grounds offer a notable array of spring-flowering trees and shrubbery. The walking tour is co-sponsored with The Voelker Orth Museum. The tour group meets near the door to the Flushing Cemetery Chapel, inside the main gate.
Flushing Cemetery is a picturesque non-sectarian cemetery on over 75 countryside acres. The Cemetery was first established on the 20 acre farmland of John Purchase, when Queens’ population was 20,000 and expanded in 1875. It is the final resting place of many Bayside Quaker families and such notables as Louis Armstrong, Bernard Baruch, Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., Vincent Sardi Sr., and Dizzy Gillespie. The Voelker-Orth family who endowed the museum in Flushing are also buried in Flushing Cemetery.
About The Voelker Orth Museum
The Voelker Orth Museum preserves and interprets the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens through house tours, exhibitions, family programs, workshops and performances year-round.