King Manor was the home of the politically active and service-minded King Family from 1805 until 1896. A lawyer by trade, Rufus King (1755-1827) was a distinguished figure in this nation's early history.
As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, King, then 32 years old, served alongside Alexander Hamilton, Gouvernor Morris, and James Madison on the Committee of Style and Arrangement writing the nation's founding document.
King was well-known in his time for his strong stance against slavery, having written the plank of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 preventing slavery from expanding beyond the original 13 states.
The apex of King's political career was his dramatic speeches to the Senate opposing the Missouri Compromise, speeches which, John Quincy Adam wrote, had slaveholders "seized with cramps."
His eldest son John Alsop King, who inherited the house, proudly continued his father's stance while in Congress during the Compromise of 1850 debates and as governor of New York, when he worked to rescue free citizens who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery.
John's daughter Cornelia was the last family member to live in the Jamaica house.
(Photos by Walter Karling)