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

    4/13/2014 - Barn Dancin' on the Rondout

    Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
    724 Wolcott Avenue /Beacon, NY / 12508
    845-265-8080 ?  FAX 845 831-2821 
    Hudson River Maritime Museum
    50 Rondout Landing / Kingston, NY 12401
    845- 338-0071 ?  FAX 845- 338-0583 

    Barn Dancin’ on the Rondout – Sunday, April 13

    Clearwater, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Partner to Host Second Annual Celebration
    Featuring Contra Dancing with the Incomparable Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

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    Once again, Clearwater and the Hudson River Maritime Museum will herald the return of spring on the Hudson River with a joint fundraiser, Barn Dancin’ on the Rondout, which will take place on Sunday, April
    13, from 5:30 - 8:30PM.

    The community is invited to the Rondout waterfront for an evening of celebration and to enjoy Contra Dance music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason; Peter Blue will serve as caller. Widely known throughout the region, Jay and Molly “have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide.”

    The Kingston Home Port and Education Center, built in partnership by the two organizations and located on the historic Rondout will serve as the venue for this community gathering and evening of fun, light
    refreshments and dancing.

    WHAT:    Barn Dancin’ on the Rondout, a joint fundraiser for the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

    WHO:      The community is invited to this celebration with Contra Dance music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and called by Peter Blue.

    WHEN:   Sunday, April 13; 5:30 - 8:30PM

    WHERE:    Kingston Home Port and Education Center, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY.

    : Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door; children under 12 free. Reservations can be made online at All monies will be collected at the

    For more information, contact Linda Richards at Clearwater, (845) 265-8080, x7105, [email protected]; or Lana Chassman at the HRMM, (845) 338-0071, x15, [email protected].

    About the Kingston Home Port and Education Center:
    Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Hudson River Maritime Museum share the multi-use building, which serves as a boat maintenance workshop and winter home port for the sloop Clearwater and an educational/lecture/event facility for the Museum. The sloop Clearwater has just spent her second winter at the new home port this year, where she has undergone major restoration work. Her sailing season begins mid-April.

    About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater:
    Inspiring, educating and activating millions of people for over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark  legislation like the Clean Water Act, providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival. The organization was founded by music legend and environmental activist, Pete Seeger in 1966. The iconic sloop Clearwater was launched in 1969 and is a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. To date, more than half a million people have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the vessel. The organization's strong connection to youth, environmental education, and its agenda to create the next generation of environmental leaders are all part of building and strengthening a Green Cities Initiative for a green economy and a more inclusive and diverse environmental movement. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region, the Hudson River, Clearwater has become the grassroots model for producing positive changes to protect our planet. For more information, visit Hudson
    River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related bodies of water

    About Hudson River Maritime Museum:
    Located on the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston, the Hudson River Maritime Museum continues to serve as “history’s portal to the Hudson”. The Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, was founded by steamboat and tugboat aficionados, as well as by local citizens who wanted to preserve the rich history of the Hudson River and its tributaries. Kingston’s prime role as the most important port between Alb any and New York in the 19th century made it the logical place to establish a maritime museum. Since it began operations in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum has been a leading museum on the Hudson River, with its vast permanent collection of maritime artifacts and excellent education programs for adults and school age children. Currently open May through early November, the Museum hosts thousands of visitors each year, offering seasonal and permanent exhibitions, an archival library, an adult lecture series, school and group tours, special events, and waterfront programs providing access to visiting heritage and replica vessels. The Museum, with its 400 feet of dock and deep water facilities, also provides services to kayakers, canoeists, sailing and rowing clubs, high school crew teams, sea scouts, transient boaters, tall ships and cruise vessels.
    Visit for more information.