The 363 year old First Presbyterian Church of Newtown will host an Open House May 16 and 17, sponsored by NY State Landmarks Sacred Sites program. It is free and will include a display of old photos & documents, history & architecture talk, and short walking tour of church and historical sites within a few blocks. The Open House will be: Saturday, May 16 from 2:00 to 4:00, and Sunday, May 17 1:00 - 3:00. Talks begin a half hour after opening each day. Display is ongoing but come early to enjoy all. Tours will follow the talk and may last longer than hours listed. The Church is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and is a National Presbyterian Historic Site. It and old Newtown (1/3 of modern Queens) were founded in 1652 by the first pastor & 54 others on land bought from the Native Americans. The church is the 4th oldest Presbyterian Church in the U.S., & has been under Dutch, English & American governments right here in Queens. It is now in its fifth building, built 1895. It contains a 1787 bell from our prior church which a few lucky people will get a chance to ring! It has rung nearly every week since shortly after the American Revolution ended!! Newtown was invaded for 8 years, with British & Hessian soldiers camped all around. Come & hear all the stories!