The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    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.

    Historic Churches

    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, NY

    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.

    Kingston, NY

    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.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    5/16/2014 - "The Old Dutch-The Church that Sculpted Kingston" Presentation

    To download this document, please click here.

    The Old Dutch Church, officially known as the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston, was established in 1659 and remains today one of the oldest congregations in the United States. The bedrock of our community since its inception, the Old Dutch began on the corner of Main & Wall Streets in 1679, relocating across the street to the present St. Joseph’s Church in 1832 and finally settling in its present bluestone abode in 1852. Through those years the Old Dutch has seen both feast and famine, bloodless coups and violent overthrow, all the while shining like a beacon over its flock and, at times, hiding in silent complicity with our darkest shame. Yet today, much as in 1659, the Old Dutch serves as a keystone of our community, forging a pathway from ancient wilderness to industrial evolution. Come join us as we relive the history of one of Kingston’s most dynamic historic sites.

    The presentation is free and all are welcome.

    Remaining Event Schedule
    May 16th - “Kingston's Immigration-The Bedrock of our Community” by former City Alderman Tom Hoffay

    June 20th - “The Early Stockade and Its Settlers-Pioneers of a Nation” by Kingston Historian and Author Ted Dietz

    Location of all Events
    Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate
    House Museum located at 296 Fair
    Street in Kingston, NY