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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Nov 29, 2012.

The Queens Historical Society will kick off its 25th Annual Historic House Holiday Tour season on Dec. 9, offering a loot at six historic sites all in Flushing.

The city-landmarked houses include the Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall and the Bowne House.

Tickets are on sale now, $10 presale or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by (718) 939-0647, ext. 14 or email info@queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Visitors can stop at any historic house and a trolley will carry them to the remaining ones. Each site offers a special treat:

• The Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., was built in 1785 and was occupied by the same family until the 1930s. It also serves as the home of the Queens Historical Society. The newly renovated Kingsland Homestead will feature a special gift shop sale of local history books.

• The Voelker Orth House, 149-19 38 Ave., serves as a museum, bird sanctuary and Victorian garden. It was home to three generations of one Queens family since 1891. It will host piano performances all day and a special plant sale.

• The Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137 St., was home to it eponymous black inventor from 1903 until 1928. It will host an open house and holiday refreshments.

• Friends Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., is the city’s oldest structure in use for religious purposes. The house will be open for tours all day with a musical performance at 4 p.m.

• Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., was built as the cultural and political focal point of the village of Flushing. It is now home to Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. An ongoing exhibition of the collage work of Louis Armstrong will be on view. The holiday tour will feature a workshop with master artist Aurelia Fernandez to make Mexican paper flowers for a Christmas bouquet.

• The Bowne House, 37-01 Bowne St., was built in 1661 by John Bowne. It is known for its connection to the principle of freedom of conscience and religion in America. The museum parlor will be decorated for the holidays and open to visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm for a lecture on American Christmas customs from Colonial times through the mid-18th century.

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