Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.
Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.
Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.
The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.
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Kingston, New York
The City of Kingston is looking for amazing photos for use in its upcoming visitors guide, website and social media sites. We want to incorporate your photos and make this a true community effort. These photos will be used for the purposes of tourism, community engagement, economic and community development and other content directly related to the City of Kingston.
Why do you live, work, own a business, or visit Kingston? Do you have an interesting story (2-3 sentences) about why you were drawn to this community? Participants are asked to respond to the prompt, "Why I'm here..."
The City is especially looking for photographs of the following: festivals, block parties and other community celebrations; outdoor dining and food markets; sports and active living; weddings in Kingston; historical points of interest; art and musical performances; and other glimpses into life in the City of Kingston.
Please check the box below if you give the City of Kingston permission to use your photos in a variety of print and digital media formats. All photos will be given appropriate credit each time they are used. Quotes may be edited for length when necessary. Thanks!