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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

    Kingston's Buried Treasures

    For almost four years, from 2012 through 2016, “Kingston’s Buried Treasures” explored the people, places and events that made New York’s first capital one of America’s most unique communities. With inspirational tales of meteoric rise, and cautionary woes of equally spectacular falls, Kingston’s history tells more than just the story of a city- its arguably the story of a nation. Through war and peace, boom and bust, Kingston’s place in our state and our national lore has few rivals. Take a look back at 365 years of this extraordinary city- Kingston, New York.

    See Below for a list of videos related to Kingston's unique history 

    1. General George H. Sharpe: Spy Master of the Civil War
    2. Alton B. Parker: The American Presidency’s Gentleman Candidate
    3. Sojourner Truth: Ulster County’s Voice of Freedom
    4. Thomas Cornell: Vanderbilt of the Rondout
    5. George Fletcher Chandler: Founder of the New York State Police
    6. Ezra Fitch: Founder of Abercrombie & Fitch
    7. John Vanderlyn: Painter of a Nation
    8. Ulster County Courthouse: Birthplace of New York State
    9. Samuel D. Coykendall: Kingston’s Forgotten Tycoon
    10. The History of Kingston’s Press Corps: The Rough & Tumble Story of Kingston’s Newspapers
    11. Kingston City Hall: The House That United Kingston
    12. Christoffel “Kit” Davits: Kingston’s Original Rebel
    13. Rondout: The Boom Years
    14. Arthur Flemming: Kingston’s National Statesman
    15. Kingston’s Bluestone Industry: The Rock That Paved a Nation
    16. The D&H Canal: Kingston’s Corridor to Prosperity
    17. The McEntees: Kingston’s First Family
    18. Kingston at the Battle of Gettysburg: Ulster’s 20th and 120th
    19. The Old Dutch: The Church That Sculpted Kingston
    20. A Place to Call Home: A Century of Immigration
    21. The Early Stockade and Its Settlers: Pioneers of a Nation
    22. Our Buried Past: The Archeological Treasures of Kingston
    23. From Dutch to English: The Conquest of Kingston
    24. Christopher Tappen: Kingston’s Unsung Hero
    25. The Burning of Kingston: The Phoenix Rises
    26. The Senate House: Cradle of Democracy
    27. Educating Kingston: The Spark That Ignited a Future
    28. John Jay: Model of Diplomacy
    29. General Sherman V. Hasbrouck: Kingston and the Manhattan Project
    30. Arthur Wicks: The Cleaner Who Controlled the Senate
    31. Old Stone Houses: Our History in Stone
    32. Bootlegging: Our Prohibition Past
    33. The DeWitt Mill and the Sign of the Crocodile: A Forgotten Treasure
    34. The Cordts of Kingston: Providing the Building Blocks of a Nation
    35. Robert Dietz: Kingston and the Medal of Honor
    36. The DAR House: Kingston’s Crossroads of History
    37. General Robert W. Hasbrouck: Hero of the Battle of the Bulge
    38. The New York State Constitutional Convention: The Foundation for a Nation
    39. Thomas Chambers: The “Founder”