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

    7/22/2019 - City of Kingston Historian Ed Ford to Retire at 101




    July 22, 2019


    City of Kingston Historian Ed Ford to Retire


    KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston’s longtime Historian, Ed Ford, will retire this summer after 35 years of service at the age of 101 years old. Mayor Steve Noble and his staff will be honoring Mr. Ford with a farewell reception and ceremony at City Hall on August 13 at 11:00am. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Friends of Historic Kingston will attend the ceremony, with their Board President, Nancy Chando, presenting Mr. Ford with a proclamation.

    “It has been my great pleasure to work with Ed over these last four years, and it’s bittersweet to see him retire,” said Mayor Noble. “Ed will be missed, but he will remain one of our most important and beloved Kingstonians. I would like to offer my heartfelt gratitude for Mr. Ford’s many years of service to the Kingston community.”


    His replacement, Taylor Bruck, an archivist for Ulster County’s Records Bureau and a protégé of Mr. Ford, is expected to be announced at the ceremony.