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
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    The Settlers Arrive in Kingston (1652)

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    Statue of Peter Stuyvesant

    In 1609, the Half Moon passed by the creek near which the future Kingston would be built. Some historians believe that, by 1614, a small trading post had been established on the Hudson near present-day Kingston. In 1652, a handful of settlers from Holland moved down from near Albany. They had seen the fertile flood plains of the Esopus Creek and, in 1653, they arranged to purchase land from the Esopus,a tribe of the Delaware Nation, and to farm near them. On the slight promontory overlooking the flood plains, they built houses in a village that they first called Esopus, and later Wiltwyck (Dutch for "wild woods").

    The Stockade Is Built

    After the settlers had several small skirmishes with the Esopus Natives, Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of the Dutch colony, brought soldiers up and built a stockade for the settlers to live in. The palisades stood eight feet above the ground and protected what is now an area of about eight square blocks. In 1664, Wildwyck, now part of an English colony, was renamed Kingston.

    For the next century or so, Kingston would be a quiet country town, farming wheat nearby and shipping it eastward or up or down the Hudson. Kingston had one of the first college preparatory schools in the colony, Kingston Academy. Dewitt Clinton, a future Governor, went to school there. Class was interrupted, however, on October 17, 1777, but that's another story.