Kingston Area History – Find Museums and Historic Sites

Our region of the Hudson Valley is rich in history. From the early Dutch settlers to the American Revolution to the Gilded Age, The Hudson Valley has played an important role in the shaping of the United States.

Today, there are many historic assets in our area that are accessible to the public. These assets offer a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s past and to appreciate its cultural heritage.

Here are just a few of the many historic assets in Ulster County:

Museums: Ulster County has a number of excellent museums that tell the story of the region’s history. Some of the most popular museums include the Senate House State Historic Site, the Friends of Historic Kingston Museum, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and The New York Trolley Museum.

Historic districts and sites: Kingston Stockade District, Hurley’s Historic District, Huguenot Street in New Paltz

Historic buildings and sites: Old Dutch Church, Rondout Light House, Perrine’s Bridge, The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, Fred J. Johnston House Museum

I encourage you to explore the many historic assets in Ulster County. With so much to see and do, there is something for everyone to learn about the region’s rich past.

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Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Located on the Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY. Thursday-Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Trolley Museum of New York

Trolley Museum of New York

We have started our 2024 Season. We are in operation on weekends, 12pm to 5pm (last trolley trip at 4pm) until late October. Please click [...]
The Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum of Kingston

The Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum of Kingston

Visit Us The Volunteer Firemen's Museum is located at: 265 Fair Street Kingston, NY 12401 ​Dont forget to stop by Fecember 1st from 6pm to [...]
The Matthewis Persen House Museum Hours

The Matthewis Persen House Museum Hours

Hours of Operation In 2024, the Persen House will be open on the following schedule: MAY 25 through SEPTEMBER 7 Thursdays & Fridays 9am-4:30pm and [...]


Step Back in Time: Revolutionary War Reenactment at Persen House Museum

History buffs, take note! The Ulster County Clerk’s Office is inviting you to a unique educational experience this summer. On Saturday, June 8th, the 1st Ulster Militia, a Revolutionary War era reenactment group, will be setting up camp at the Matthewis Persen House Museum in Kingston, NY. Free Event Offers Interactive History Lesson This free, public event promises a fascinating glimpse into 18th-century colonial life. The 1st Ulster […]

Step Back in Time at the Matthewis Persen House Museum This Season!

History buffs and anyone curious about the Hudson Valley’s past won’t want to miss the opening of the Matthewis Persen House Museum’s 2024 season on Saturday, May 25th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located at 74 John St. in Kingston’s historic Stockade District, the Persen House will be open to the public throughout the […]

Reher Center Celebrates Community Spirit with “Reher Recognized” Bakery Program

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History has launched a new initiative, “Reher Recognized,” to honor outstanding community bakeries across the nation. This program recognizes establishments that embody the values and traditions exemplified by the historic Reher’s Bakery in Kingston, New York. Rekindling the Spirit of Reher’s Bakery “Reher Recognized” seeks to celebrate bakeries […]

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