There is a rich history throughout Kingston NY, but perhaps the area most rich in historical value is the Stockade District. If you are visiting the area there are some key homes and buildings that are a must see.
- The Hoffman House is located at 94 North Front Street and dates back to 1679. Its construction is of “American-Dutch Rubble” and is truly unique. Currently, The Hoffman House is a restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner.
- On the corner of North Front Street and Clinton Avenue is the Senate House. It was built circa 1676 of limestone and housed the first meeting of New York’s newly formed State Senate. Take a guided tour!
- The Kingston Academy is next on the list. It has had many owners and uses over the years like many of the other buildings in the Stockade district. Located at 82 John Street, currently a restaurant exists on the first floor and the building is open to the public.
- In 1789 the Ulster County Courthouse was constructed. The building has gone through amazing million dollar renovations with out compromising the historic integrity. The building is obviously still open to the public as it functions as a regular courthouse, it just has certain access restrictions. 285 Wall Street.
- By appointment only, you can see the Henry Sleight House. It was, like most of the Stockade District built before 1695, but burned down by the British and rebuilt again. Located at 3 Crown Street.
- Another great home built in 1812 is the Fred J. Johnston House at 63 Main Street. This home is of the beautiful Federal style and houses an exquisit antique collection. It is open to the public.
- Near the Fred Johnston House is the Old Dutch Church located at 272 Wall Street. The church was built in 1852 in the center of the Stockade District, there is also a historic cemetary and monuments on the church grounds. Tours are available by appointment.
There are more historic homes that dot the Stockade District of Kingston like Mathhew Jansen House, Franz P. Roggen House and the Matthew Person House, but these happen to be privately owned and not open to the public. However, they are all located in close proximity to each other. It is worth it to take your camera and stroll around these beautiful streets to see all the wonderful pieces of history that this area has to offer.