Exploring the Dynamic Rondout

Date(s) - 09/15/2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Downtown Rondout Business District


Mindful Walker neighborhood tours are an experience to see and share, a mini-retreat as much as a walking tour. Walk the Rondout neighborhood’s winding streets and paths, enjoy the architectural gems and waterfront setting, and hear fascinating stories of the people and places from history to today. Discover a true microcosm of America’s past and present in the Rondout.

During the walk, we’ll:

Examine places that have had many lives, such as the former Village Hall, where canal workers rallied for better wages and which today is an inviting flower shop and gallery.

Learn about the native tribes, colonial settlers, immigrants, industries, and spiritual congregations that shaped the Hudson Valley and the Rondout over centuries. Delve into the stories of bluestone tycoons, canal and ship builders, workers. reformers, artists, and activists.

Explore building design, details, and materials, from bluestone to iron, that tell the Rondout’s history and are objects of beauty and craftsmanship.

Consider how urban renewal decimated a large swath of the neighborhood and how many have reshaped it in the decades since then through history, culture, art, food, design, and ingenuity that play on its rich past and its incredible setting.

Mindful Walker tours aren’t a lecture but an experience, inviting your observations and questions as we walk.


The two-hour neighborhood walks will occur on the first and third Saturday, from mid-June through November. Each will be from 1-3 p.m. (with a brief mid-walk break). Meet beforehand on the sidewalk outside of the Ulster County Tourism Visitors Center, at 20 Broadway.

The tour includes some hilly terrain, and it will proceed at a leisurely pace.


A social hour for those who wish to gather will follow the walk at a local establishment or community setting in the Rondout.

Tickets are available at: https://rondoutwalks2018.eventbrite.com


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