It resembles many of the homes in the area, but renovations over the years have changed the original appearance of the Cornell-Appleton House, which some have called Queens’ oldest private dwelling, at 33rd Road and 214th Place. A Queens Historical Society marker says it dates to 1790.
However, additional research places the houses’s construction in 1852 — venerable, but not as aged as, say, the Lent-Riker House in Jackson Heights or the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood. In 1905, the house was sold to Edward Dale Appleton, of the Appleton Publishing Company. Appleton’s wife and sister-in-law were on board the Titanic on the fateful night of April 15, 1912 when it struck an iceberg and sank. The two women were rescued and brought to NYC by the Carpathia.
It’s not nearly Queens’ oldest, but every house has some history, and this one has more than most.