In 1980, seven volunteer fire companies as well as the Exempt Firemen’s Association of the City of Kingston joined forces to create a museum that would celebrate past volunteers and would ensure that the remaining volunteer companies would have a meeting hall for their use.
The Henry Sleight House, a beautiful example of Dutch Colonial and English Colonial building styles, was built prior to 1695 on a triangular lot within the stockade district. Burned by the British along with the rest of the Stockade, the house was later rebuilt and occupied by Village President Hendricus (Henry) Sleight.
The Trolley Museum of New York (TMNY) has been in downtown Kingston on the Rondout Waterfront since 1983. TMNY became an established attraction on East Strand just as the area started its rise as a popular tourist destination and evening dining hot spot.
Now the Trolley Museum is a top thing to do for all visitors to the vital Kingston Waterfront!
The Rondout Lighthouse located on the Hudson River at the mouth of the Rondout Creek is actually the final of three Rondout lighthouses. The first lighthouse, made of wood, was built in 1837 on the southern shore of the creek.
The city's oldest institution, the congregation was organized in 1659. The 1852 Renaissance Revival style church, designed by Minard LaFever is its fourth home. Noted 19th century designer Calvert Vaux called the architecture "ideally perfect." The churchyard contains tombstones dating back to 1770, and the grave of New York's first governor, George Clinton, an Ulster County native.
The only museum in New York exclusively dedicated to preserving the martime heritage of the Hudson River. Indoor and outdoor exhibits on hudson River maritime history, gift shop, and waterfront special events.
A Federal style house, cir. 1812, built by John Sudam, a state senator and friend of Washingston Irving and President Martin Van Buren, who were overnight guests. The elegant interior features 8 rooms of the Fred J Johnston Collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts, mostly American.