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Senate House State Historic Site

296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3836
+1 845-338-2786
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What a great little house and museum this is! I had no idea Kingston was the first capital of New... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kat W
Laurel, Maryland, United States
A wonderful tour of the museum and Senate House

A very interesting and informative tour. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful answering... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
New Kingston, New York
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Built in 1676, the Senate House reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. More importantly, it was the meeting place for the original New York State Senate after the Revolutionary War. History was made here as colonists shaped a newly created government. There is a collection of colonial-era artifacts, furniture, and a portrait gallery featuring the works of the famous colonial artist, John Vanderlyn. The Senate House State Historic site is comprised of 3 buildings: the 1676 Senate House, the Senate House Museum & Gallery, and the Loughran House (which houses staff offices and is open for special events only). The property welcomes individuals, families, school groups, scout troops and group bus tours. The site offers special educational programs for school field trips and home school groups. Check the website for special events listings.
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296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3836
+1 845-338-2786
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great little house and museum this is! I had no idea Kingston was the first capital of New York and that it had such an interesting role in the Revolutionary War. We had a nice tour of the house, although I would have...More

Thank Kat W
Reviewed 29 May 2017

A very interesting and informative tour. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful answering all of my questions. I look forward to going there again soon.

Thank jimmaye2017
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I was reasonably well educated in NYC public schools but knew nothing of Kingston's history as the capitol of New York during the Revolutionary War. I suspect many people know as little about this as I did. Visiting the Senate House State Historic Site is...More

Thank UCLAProf
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Kingston was the first capital of the newly minted State of New York. To be sure, the revolutionary patriots--or treasonous citizens, according to British thought--wanted to make New York City the capital of New York State. Alas, the British army had usurped that area. So...More

Thank ChannahAbraham
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We had about an hour before an appointment in Kingston & decided to check this site out. A small visitor's center with welcoming staff was the first stop, and when we told them we had limited time they got a tour guide & sent us...More

Thank enewellz
Reviewed 11 April 2017

walk back in time, and if you are lucky ther is a demo of how they use and make maple syrup on weekends.

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We visited Kingston in February, and while walking around the shops on Wall Street, we saw the Senate Historic Site. They have lots of really historical and beautiful buildings here to see, but the inside tours where closed for the winter. It was still neat...More

Thank Hgtravl
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I thought that our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The building was quite old and the history interesting. The senate house is in downtown Kingston, which is a cute town . It was only $3 for a senior admission, so the price was right!

Thank Chancellosville
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We first contacted the Senate Museum by phone from Philadelphia. A lady named "Robin" facilitated our visit in advance. When we arrived at the Museum on 10-6-16, we met two other ladies who were also extremely helpful. One of these ladies, educated at New Paltz,...More

Thank Mary E
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was truly a pleasure to visit the Senate House. I last visited the site approximately 50 years ago as a Cub Scout! I was born and raised in Kingston and I still consider it to be "home" even though I've lived in the capital...More

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