After 314 years, it’s time for a spruce up — and that’s what’s happening at the Quaker Meeting House in Flushing.
The wood-shingled house of worship is covered in protective netting for $660,000 in upgrades, including a new roof, restoration of the Yankee gutters and rebuilding of the porch. That work is expected to be completed soon.
Work is underway on Quaker Meeting House
According to Linda Shirley, a meeting house trustee, interior work, which can be done through the winter, will center on adding braces to the support beams and rafters, which have slowly pulled apart. Next spring, outdoor repairs will wind up the project with repointing the building.
Work began in September and was delayed somewhat after the porch, built in the mid-1800s, was ripped up. “They found original flooring underneath and had to bring in an archeologist,” Shirley said. “The porch will be totally restored.”