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Kingston in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Plan of Kingston in 1695

 
 
Plan of Kingston in 1695 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2012
1. Plan of Kingston in 1695 Marker
Inscription.
The first European settlers came here between 1652-53 to farm the rich land in the lowlands along the Esopus Creek near the fields where Native Americans had grown maize for centuries. Friction between the settlers and the Esopus Indians mounted to acts of vandalism and assaults on both sides. In May of 1658, the settlers appealed for help to Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of the New Netherland Colony. Stuyvesant ordered the settlers to move to a central location surrounded by a stockade. He selected the bluff above the flats because its height afforded a natural defense on three sides: north (North Front St.): west (Green St.) and east (Clinton Ave.). Stuyvesant told the Esopus Indians they should sell the land for the Stockade Area, but, instead, they gave it as a gift.
 
Location. 41° 56.096′ N, 74° 1.375′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on N Front Street near Green Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located just south of the Hoffman House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 94 N Front Street, Kingston NY 12401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hoffman House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Plan of Kingston in 1695
Plan of Kingston in 1695 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2012
2. Plan of Kingston in 1695 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kingston Academy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Kingston Academy (about 700 feet away); Medal of Honor (about 700 feet away); The Pike Plan (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stockade Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Senate House Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kingston.
 
More about this marker. A map of the stockade area appears at the left side of the marker. Indicated on the map are the Blockhouse, the Church and burying place, the Ministers House, The part separated and fortified, the Stockade, the House where the Governor is entertained, the Town Gates, the Gates to the separated fortified yard, and the House where the first Senator of the State of New York sat in 1777.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Marker in Kingston image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2012
3. Marker in Kingston
The marker is located next to the c. 1711 Hoffman House Tavern, seen in the background. This was the northwest corner of the Stockade in 1658.
Map of the Stockade Area from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2012
4. Map of the Stockade Area from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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