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

Chambers Pear Tree

1652 - 2002

 
 
Chambers Pear Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2012
1. Chambers Pear Tree Marker
Inscription.
This Bartlett pear tree commemorates the original tree planted by Thomas Chambers, who in 1652 settled in this vicinity, which later became known as Rondout and Kingston. Upon his death, he was buried under this tree with a simple bluestone slab to mark the grave.

In 1850, Chambers’ remains were exhumed and moved to Montrepose Cemetery to make room for the burgeoning village. The pear tree remained until 1926, a faithful testament to the man who planted he roots of western civilization along these waterways.

The replica stone marker and the tree were placed by Friends of Rondout in partnership with the City of Kingston.
June 9, 2002

 
Erected 2002 by Friends of Rondout and the City of Kingston.
 
Location. 41° 55.126′ N, 73° 58.971′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on Broadway north of Strand Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Kingston Heritage Area Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston NY 12401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rondout (within shouting distance of this marker); New York State’s Heritage Area System
Chambers Pear Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2012
2. Chambers Pear Tree Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 20th New York State Militia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louis Caterino (about 300 feet away); The Delaware and Hudson Canal (about 300 feet away); Island Dock (about 300 feet away); The Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge (about 400 feet away); Sampson Opera House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
More about this marker. A photo of the standing pear tree appears at the top of the marker.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker in Kingston image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2012
3. Marker in Kingston
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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