Attractions – Uptown Kingston
From the many historic buildings built as early as the 17th century to the modern Dietz Stadium sports facility which is home to the Kingston Stockade Football Club (soccer), Uptown Kingston has a wide variety of attractions for any age and interest. Much of Uptown Kingston is designated as the “The Stockade National Historic District” where museums such as the New York State Senate House (Kingston was NY’s first capital), Persen House, and the Fred J. Johnston Museum can be visited as well as numerous other historic landmarks like the Old Dutch Church. Forsyth Park and the Forsyth Nature Center provide a place to entertain the kids and the BSP Art and Entertainment Complex is a former vaudeville theater that hosts live music, comedy and other events to keep the adults happy. A trip to the Farmers Market which is held year round is always a great way to start a visit to Uptown Kingston.
Uptown Stockade District
The Fred J. Johnston House Museum Corner of Wall and Main Streets Elegantly furnished c. 1812 Federal style house. Pieces range from the 17th to the early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the Federal style, reflecting how American homes were furnished during that period. Guided tours of the Johnston House are offered May-October, Friday-Saturday, […]
The Persen House, named after its longest resident Matthewis Persen (1739-1819) and owned by Ulster County since 1914, has undergone extensive restoration since emergency repairs in 1999 revealed its historical significance. A Historic Structure Report discovered that it was built in five phases from 1661 to 1922. The house has witnessed the entire history of […]
In the fall of 1777 the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers convened in Kingston to form a new state government. New York’s first capital was born. The session, New York’s first Senate, met in a simple stone house of a local merchant. Now part of a complex of three buildings, the Senate House […]