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]



    The Burning of Kingston

    October 18-19, 2019

    Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce that the Burning of Kingston commemoration has been scheduled for October 18-19, 2019. The City of Kingston will be sponsoring and supporting the two-day event, which will include: reenactments of colonial life, cemetery tours, historical lectures, documentary screening, and children’s games like the beloved Bucket Brigade at the Volunteer Firemen’s Museum.

    The City will be working with local organizations and historic sites to present a family-friendly and historically accurate commemorative event.

    The 2019 Burning of Kingston schedule:

    Friday, October 18

    6:30pm              Welcome and Introduction by Paul O’Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors at the Old Dutch Church

    7:00pm              Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary at the Old Dutch Church


    Saturday, October 19           

    11:00am-4:00pm         List of Sufferers: a Friends of Historic Kingston Special Exhibit at the Fred J. Johnston House

    11:00am-4:00pm         Tours at the Old Dutch Church

    11:00am-3:00pm         The 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House

    10:00am-2:00pm         Harambee and Kingston Land Trust Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House

    12:30pm                      Seen but Not Heard: Slavery in Ulster County During the Revolution talk with Rev. Evelyn

                                        Clarke and Reynolds Scott-Childress at the Matthewis Persen House

    2:00pm                        The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade

    3:00pm                        Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, & the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by

                                        Robb K. Haberman at the Old Dutch Church

    7:00pm                        Theatre on the Road’s Living History Cemetery Tour at the Old Dutch Church

    7:30pm                        Colonial Ball Beginner's Instruction - free dance lessons provided at the Old Dutch Church 

    8:00pm                        Colonial Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall


    See the interactive map for locations:


     “One of the things that makes the burning of Kingston such a unique moment in history, was not the battle or the fire itself, but the rebuilding that the community did after,” said Mayor Noble. “This year’s Burning of Kingston will be a great opportunity for area residents and visitors to learn about the history and to also celebrate how the first capital came together to rebuild the City and its community.” 


    Young History Buffs & Writing Enthusiasts: The City of Kingston is partnering with Kingston Times for a writing contest!  The winner will have their work printed in the Kingston Times newspaper. The contest is open to youth ages 9-13 who live in the Kingston City School District. (Entrants can also be private or parochial school students, or be homeschooled students.) 

    Entries can be an essay, a poem or a fictional story related to the 1777 burning of Kingston by British troops. Be creative and imaginative — the piece of writing can be about the burning itself, the people living in and around Kingston at the time or the rebuilding afterwards. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 11.

    The winning piece of writing will be printed in the Oct. 17 edition of the Kingston Times and the winner will also get a certificate from the mayor and be invited to City Hall to get a tour from the mayor and visit the mayor’s office. Entries can be emailed to [email protected], or dropped off or mailed to Ulster Publishing, attn. Dan Barton, 322 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401. 



    Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or [email protected]


    Businesses interested in supporting the 2019 Burning of Kingston can participate in the window decorating contest, create a special Bok offer, or any other ideas you might have! Participating businesses will get a BoK window decal. Questions? Contact Adrielle Farr, Director of Art and Cultural Affairs at 845-334-3929 or [email protected] 



    Much more info and ways to get involved at: