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
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    Kingston News

    8/30/2023 - City of Kingston & Partners Announce Return of Burning of Kingston


    August 30, 2023


    City of Kingston & Partners Announce Return of Burning of Kingston


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble, is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has partnered with the Ulster County Clerk’s Office to host the return of the Burning of Kingston, which will take place October 13-15, 2023.

    The weekend-long Burning of Kingston event will include Revolutionary War reenactors, talks and panels, tours, concerts and more.

    “This year’s event will be an exciting return to the Burning of Kingston with reenactors, but also offers new programming that is more representative of all the experiences of the Revolutionary War,” said Mayor Noble. “We are proud to continue the Burning of Kingston tradition and bring more voices to the festivities.”

    “The Burning of Kingston reenactment has been a tradition for over 20 years and we’re excited to resurrect it in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War starting in 2025,” said Taylor Bruck, City of Kingston Historian and Deputy Ulster County Clerk. “The story of the burning isn’t as much about the City being burned as it is about the resilience of the inhabitants to return and rebuild. We’re thrilled to be able to include stories about the indigenous and enslaved population during the burning and the Revolutionary War this year, as these stories have been largely skipped by most historical accounts.”

    “Little is mentioned about the roles Native Americans played in the Revolutionary War,” said Kitt Potter, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “Breaking with tradition this year through the performing arts, we will not only tell the stories of the profound contributions made by local tribes, we’ll also be telling the stories of how slaves were able to free themselves by running away as Kingston burned.”

    “This year’s event not only includes the retelling of the classic stories from the Burning of Kingston, but also shares the experiences of other, less-known voices,” said Raleigh Green. “This provides a more complex and fascinating history for us to share and appreciate.  I’m thrilled to again be a part of this very unique Kingston event.”

    The 2023 Burning of Kingston weekend will kick-off on Friday, October 13, with a film about Indigenous Loyalists during the Revolutionary War, Oneida Nation: American Revolutionary War, The People of the Standing Stone at Old Dutch Church.

    On Saturday, October 14, events include colonial camp re-enactments, a talk about the Esopus Indian experience in the American Revolution by Justin Wexler; jazz vespers depicting the plight of slaves during the Burning of Kingston; cemetery tours by Theatre on the Road; and a Colonial Ball.

    On Sunday, October 15, there will be a walking tour of Hurley’s historic Main Street; and the weekend will conclude with a Revolutionary War-period chamber music concert by the Bard Conservatory of Music Ensemble.

    All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events and registration details can be found here. 

    The 2023 Burning of Kingston partners include: Bard College, the City of Kingston’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Department, Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends of the Senate House, Hurley Heritage Society, NYS Parks and Historic Preservation, Old Dutch Church, Radio Kingston, Raleigh Green, Theater on the Road, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

    For more about the Burning of Kingston events, please visit