Flushing, New York is notable for its history of serving as a refuge for those who were religiously persecuted. Flushing formed as community located just off Main Street. Much like how the English took over the colony from the Dutch, the name is a turn on the Netherlands town name Vlissingen.
Those who differed from the religious affiliation of other New Englanders settled in this area to find religious freedom, including the Society of Friends who fled Protestant persecution in the 1600’s. Later in the 1800’s, African American’s came to the area as they sought the safety and acceptance that the Quakers received there.