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 Esopus Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12429, History of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, Esopus, NY, lighthouse, light tower, National Register of Historic Places, museum, photos, history, restoration photos, Things to Do at The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, Historic Site, Tour the Lighthouse | Ulster Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

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  History of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse
The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse is located in Esopus, NY 12429 in Ulster County. The lighthouse, fondly nicknamed "The Maid of the Meadows", was completed in 1871. It replaced an earlier structure built in 1839 on land ceded to the United States Government from the state of New York. The lighthouse was needed on the Hudson River to warn mariners of the mud flats known as the Esopus Meadows located off the western shore of the river. Esopus Meadows Lighthouse | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 High Falls Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12440, Delaware & Hudson Canal Historical Society & Museum, High Falls NY, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley, museum, Five Locks Walk, National Historic Landmark, history of the canal, life on a canal boat, Brief History, New York’s Ulster County | Ulster D&H Canal Historical Society & Museum

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  The D&H (Delaware & Hudson) Canal Historical Society & Museum is located at Mohonk Road, High Falls NY 12440, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley.

Established in 1966, the mission of the D&H Canal Historical Society is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the unique history of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, particularly in Ulster County. As part of fulfilling its mission, the Society operates a museum and maintains the Five Locks Walk, a National Historic Landmark. D&H Canal Historical Society & Museum | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Highland Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12601State Historic Park, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, nationwide railway network, new state park, Hudson River, history, maps, activities, Poughkeepsie NY Dutchess County, Highland NY Ulster County | Ulster Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Ulster

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  "On October 3, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson opened the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world." Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Ulster | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 Kingston Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, Delaware & Hudson Canal, Brief History, Things to Do at D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, Biking, Bird Watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wildlife watching | Ulster D & H Canal Heritage Corridor

 
  The D & H Canal Heritage Corridor, 35-miles in size, is located in central Ulster County. The route follows the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad trail, and the scenic Rondout Creek.

From D&H Canal Heritage Corridor Alliance: "Thirty-five miles of historic adventure, this route traces the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the New York Ontario & Western Railroad, and the scenic Rondout Creek. Spanning the width of a rural valley in central Ulster County, this trail provides access to many outstanding natural and historic resources. Experience the D&H Canal towpaths and locks, historic hamlets, monumental cement caves and kilns, the forested and pastoral route of the abandoned O&W Railroad, scenic woodlands and stream valleys, wetlands, and other natural resources along the way." D & H Canal Heritage Corridor | Ulster  website and more . . .

12401, National Landmark of Historic Places, Early American Dutch rubble architecture, Stockade Historic District, Kingston, NY, Dutch colonization in America, architectural highlights of Kingston's Stockade district, history of the Dutch in America | Ulster Hoffman House "Stockade Historic District"

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  The Hoffman House, registered on the National Landmark of Historic Places, is an excellent example of Early American Dutch rubble architecture, featuring wide planked random width board floors, a fire place in each of the main rooms and many small multi-level rooms. The house, a Dutch Colonial style stone house built about 1679, is now a restaurant and tavern, located in the Stockade Historic District at 94 North Front Street (Corner of Green Street), Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

"An excellent example of early American-Dutch rubble construction, the Hoffman House displays several of the "prototypical" characteristics of Dutch Colonial housing. Hoffman House  "Stockade Historic District" | Ulster  website and more . . .

12401, Restaurant and Tavern, Stockade Historic District, Kingston, NY, tavern menu, Restaurant Review, Cuisine = Continental and Pub food, Family restaurant, Fireplaces, Historic Site, Outdoor dining, The word is, Dining by the fireside | Ulster Hoffman House Restaurant-Tavern "Historic House"

845-338-2626 
  The Hoffman House Restaurant and Tavern is located in the Stockade Historic District at 94 North Front Street (Corner of Green Street), Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Hoffman House: "The Hoffman House restaurant, in the scenic Hudson Valley, started as a labor of love by Pat and Ginny Bradley back in 1975. After two years of intense restoration, The Hoffman House opened for business in June of 1977. Registered on the National Landmark of Historic Places, the building is a fine example of Early American Dutch rubble architecture featuring wide planked random width board floors, a fire place in each of the main rooms and many small multi-level rooms. Hoffman House Restaurant-Tavern  "Historic House" | Ulster restaurant review, website and more . . .

12401, Maritime Museum, Kingston NY, museum, historic Rondout waterfront, historical artifacts, maritime heritage of the Hudson River, Things To Do at Maritime Museum, Antique & Classic Boats Show, Guided tours, River Day, School field trips | Ulster Hudson River Maritime Museum

845-338-0071 
  The Hudson River Maritime Museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston NY 12401 in Ulster County.

From Hudson River Maritime Museum: The museum, located on the historic Rondout waterfront, was established in 1980 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the preservation of the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission.

"The Hudson River Maritime Museum was founded in 1980 by steamboat and tugboat enthusiasts, as well as local citizens who wanted to preserve the shipping history of the Hudson River. Kingston’s role as the most important port between New York and Albany in the 19th century made it the logical place to establish a Hudson River maritime museum. Kingston/Rondout was the terminus of the Delaware & Hudson Canal which brought anthracite coal from eastern Pennsylvania from 1828 to 1898 to be transported on the Hudson River to New York City and other ports at a time when coal was the dominant fuel in use. Kingston was also an important stop for passenger steamboats bringing vacationers to the area, many of whom traveled on to the Catskills. In addition, Rondout Creek was the home of the Cornell Steamboat Company tugboat fleet, the dominant towing company on the Hudson from 1880 to the 1930s, a time when much freight was transported by boat. Hudson River Maritime Museum | Ulster  website and more . . .

lighthouse,12401, Rondout Creek, Kingston Point, Ulster County, Rondout Lighthouse, Kingston Lighthouse, history, Kingston Point Lighthouse, Interpretive Nature Trail | Ulster Rondout Lighthouse

845-338-0071 
  Rondout Creek is located at Kingston Point, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County. The current Rondout Lighthouse is actually the third lighthouse built at the mouth of the Rondout Creek. The first Kingston Lighthouse was built in 1837. This wood structure became badly damaged by ice and weather and soon became unsafe for the keeper and her family. A second lighthouse of brick and stone was constructed in 1867 on the south side of the creek. This second light was abandoned in 1915 when the present dikes were constructed at the Creek's entrance. Demolished in 1954 when its roof collapsed, the second lighthouse's stone footings are still visible today. Rondout Lighthouse | Ulster  website and more . . .

Senate House "State Historic Site"

845-338-2786 
  Senate House State Historic Site is located at 296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County in the Hudson River Valley. Amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion in the fall of 1777, the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers met in Kingston to form a new state government. While convened in Kingston in September and October, New York's first Senate met in the simple stone house of merchant Abraham Van Gaasbeek. Senate House  "State Historic Site" | Ulster  website and more . . .
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 New Paltz Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12561, Story of Huguenot Street, Historic Huguenot Street, Huguenot refugees, Wallkill River in the Hudson Valley, Esopus Indians, National Historic Landmark district, Historic Landmark, years of history, American history,  Huguenot Historical Society | Ulster Huguenot Street "National Historic Landmark"

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  Historic Huguenot Street is located in New Paltz, New York in Ulster County. Set in the picturesque Hudson Valley, New Paltz is at the heart of a region rich in history, art and recreational activities. Whether you live in the area, are planning a day trip, or a vacation to New Paltz, Historic Huguenot Street is a place to experience a unique American story.

The Story of Huguenot Street

Click to enlarge photo of Huguenot Village Library in New Paltz, Ulster County.

Click to enlarge photo of Huguenot Village Library "The Schoonmker Library at Historic Huguenot Street is named for the Schoonmaker family, one of the earliest Dutch families in what is now New York's Mid-Hudson Valley. The Schoonmaker family has long ties to the Huguenot founders of New Paltz." Source: www.huguenotstreet.org/research-library
Huguenot Street  "National Historic Landmark" | Ulster  photos, website and more . . .

12561, Resort, New Paltz NY, dining, activities, attractions, tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, fishing, Spa, horseback riding, hiking, walking, running trails, platform tennis, putting green, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating | Ulster Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant

845-255-1000 
  Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Dutchess County.

From Mohonk Mountain House: "Family-owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House is an award-winning resort near the Catskill Mountains. Perfect for idyllic family vacations, romantic escapes, and instant getaways, our Victorian castle resort invites guests to be as active or relaxed as they want to be. Mohonk Mountain House is a spectacular Victorian Castle resort overlooking Lake Mohonk, in the heart of a scenic natural area comprised of more than 40,000 acres. Since 1869, guests have found a place for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in our unique mountaintop setting. The sight of this enchanting castle, sweeping lawns, award-winning gardens never fails to delight. Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Saugerties Listings

 Saugerties Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

Saugerties, NY, 12477, lighthouse, Bed & Breakfast, Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy, Coast Guard, light tower, Fresnel lens, History, photos | Ulster Saugerties Lighthouse with Bed & Breakfast

845-247-0656 
  The Saugerties Lighthouse is located at 168 Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY 12477. The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy was formed in 1985. The Coast Guard, the original owners of the lighthouse, relinquished jurisdiction, and the property reverted back to New York State. The Conservancy then bought the deteriorated remains of the lighthouse for one dollar. Efforts to stabilize the building began shortly thereafter while local architect Alex Wade completed plans for the reconstruction. A wooden barge was built to haul construction materials including tons of masonry materials. . . More than 10,000 new bricks were required to replace bricks that had crumbled. The entire masonry structure, including the massive stone base, has been reconstructed. Saugerties Lighthouse with Bed & Breakfast | Ulster  website and more . . .

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Historic Sites in Ulster County
Historic Hudson Valley
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Ulster County, one of the ten counties in the Historic Hudson Valley is located in the mid-Hudson Valley, on the west side of the Hudson River. Ulster borders Greene County on it's northern border and Orange County on its southern border. Visit Ulster where you'll find several Historic Sites and Historic Districts, including the Stockade Historic District and the historic community of Huguenot Street.

Ulster County historic sites include The Hoffman House in the Stockade Historic District, Rondout Lighthouse and Senate House State in Kingston. Don't miss visiting Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark in New Paltz where you can learn the fascinating history of the Huguenots in the Hudson Valley.

The Historic Hudson Valley has been designated a National Heritage Area extending from Albany in the upper-Hudson Valley to northern New York City, just south of Westchester County in the lower-Hudson Valley. This area contains a rich collection of nationally significant cultural and historical sites that are set against the beautiful landscapes of the valley. The period from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War is well represented.

The Historic Hudson Valley abounds with the history of a new nation. Visit historic sites where much of American history was born. See historic homes and estates. Experience history as it was lived in the homes of presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and leaders of industry. Go back in time to the American Revolutionary War and walk the battlegrounds that American patriots walked and fought for during the American Revolution.

Plan an educational vacation in the Hudson Valley. Find many fun things to do while experiencing history in the Hudson Valley. For the best vacation, visit the Historic Hudson Valley. Fill your days with history, natural beauty, and art as interpreted and painted by the Hudson River School of Artists. Relax in the breathtaking landscapes that are part of the inherent beauty of the valley.

The Historic Hudson Valley, comprised of ten counties, is generally referenced as three geographic areas: the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. These counties all bank the Hudson River on either the east or west side of the river. The Hudson River runs through five counties to the east and five counties to the west of the river, as seen in this Hudson River Valley Map.

The mid-Hudson Valley is comprised of Putnam and Dutchess County on the east side of the Hudson River and Orange and Ulster County on the west side. Learn about the history of the mid-Hudson Valley by visiting historic homes, historic districts, and see the art and collections of prominent and influential Americans.

Visit New Paltz, Stone Ridge, Woodstock, and Kingston. Find the best attractions, offering things to do for the whole family, with many sites offering fun activities for kids. Learn about the War of the Revolution (1775 to 1783) by visiting sites and battlegrounds of the war. Discover more about the American Revolution in Ulster County.

Ulster County Historic Sites include
    The Hoffman House in Stockade Historic District
    The Hoffman House, registered on the National Landmark of Historic Places, is an excellent example of Early American Dutch rubble architecture, featuring wide planked random width board floors, a fire place in each of the main rooms and many small multi-level rooms. The house, a Dutch Colonial style stone house built about 1679, is now a restaurant and tavern, located in the Stockade Historic District at 94 North Front Street (Corner of Green Street), King) in Kingston, New York.

    Historic Huguenot Street
    Set in the picturesque Hudson Valley, New Paltz is at the heart of a region rich in history, art and recreational activities. Whether you live in the area, are planning a day trip or vacationing in the valley, Historic Huguenot Street is a place to relax and experience a unique American story.

    "During the entire period between the early part of the sixteenth century to 1787, thousands of Huguenots left their homes in France for other countries because of recurring waves of persecution. As Esther Forbes wrote in Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942):

      "France had opened her own veins and spilt her best blood when she drained herself of her Huguenots, and everywhere, in every country that would receive them, this amazing strain acted as a yeast."

    "After decades of sojourn and relocation, a group of twelve Huguenot refugees from what is today northern France and southern Belgium and linked by family, religion, and friendship purchased nearly 40,000 acres along the Wallkill River in the Hudson Valley. They purchased this land from the native Esopus Indians, thus establishing a permanent home where they could pursue their Protestant faith free from religious and political persecution. They named the new town after die Pfalz, the region along the Rhine River where they had found temporary refuge before journeying to the new world."

    Historic Rondout Lighthouse
    "Rondout Creek is located at Kingston Point, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County. The current Rondout Lighthouse is actually the third lighthouse built at the mouth of the Rondout Creek. Boat rides to the historic Rondout Lighthouse are available at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

    Hudson River Maritime Museum
    The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Indoor and outdoor exhibits on Hudson River maritime history, a gift shop, waterfront special events, and boat rides to the historic Rondout Lighthouse are available at the museum.

    Senate House State Historic Site
    Senate House State Historic Site is located at 296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401 in Ulster County in the Hudson River Valley. Amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion in the fall of 1777, the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers met in Kingston to form a new state government. While convened in Kingston in September and October, New York's first Senate met in the simple stone house of merchant Abraham Van Gaasbeek.

The Historic Hudson Valley is flush with beautiful parks and magnificent scenic opportunities. Most parks offer picnic tables, some with views over the Hudson River. Find a park that is conveniently located and have a Picnic in the park.

Plan a Manhattan-getaway, or plan a two-week vacation exploring history in the Hudson Valley. Take a leap back in time and visit the Historic Hudson Valley where you can place yourself in the homes and estates of presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and titans of industry such as John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, all contributing to the development and growth of America in one way or another.

Plan a vacation filled with history. Visit the Historic Hudson Valley of New York. Learn about the American Revolution, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the beginning of a new nation. Visitors of all ages can explore and delight in the story of the birth of the United States as they tour historic places of interest.

The Historic Hudson Valley, steeped in history, overflows with natural beauty. See the lakes, the mountains, and magnificent landscapes of the valley. Visit the farmer's markets, and the pick-your-own fields of vegetables and fruit. Many Hudson Valley farms are part of the burgeoning sustainable and organic movement, so Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetables and have a healthy picnic made from the produce of a local Hudson Valley farm.

Ulster County Parks
After a day visiting sites in the Historic Hudson Valley, relax at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in Kerhonkson. Minnewaska State Park is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge that rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level. The terrain is rugged and rocky, blanketed by dense hardwood forest encircling two lakes. Clear streams cut into valleys, incising sheer cliffs and ledges and emerging in waterfalls.

If you plan on eating out in Ulster County, find many excellent places to eat in Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, and more villages and towns in Ulster County.

For a selection of restaurants serving organic and grass-fed options in Ulster County, select a restaurant with Healthy Food options.



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