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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kingston, New York

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1New York, Ulster County, Kingston — “The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the Town of Kingston in Ulster County”
This church organized in 1659 and chartered November 17, 1719 under His Majesty George King of Great Britain was served until December 1808 by pastors educated in the Universities of Holland and Germany who preached in Dutch. The first sermon by the . . . Map (db m57576) HM
2New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Mary Powell Bell
This bell, cast by the Meneely Bell Foundry in West Troy, New York, in 1861, came from the famous steamboat Mary Powell which operated on the Hudson River from 1861 to 1917. The Mary Powell ran between Rondout/Kingston and New York City and . . . Map (db m59289) HM
3New York, Ulster County, Kingston — 1898 Mathilda Steam Engine
The 1898 Mathilda Steam Engine A Compound Engine Two Pistons: a high pressure, and a low pressure 1) High pressure steam is directed to the top of the piston by the steam valve The steam pushes the piston down, which in turn pushes the . . . Map (db m204669) HM
4New York, Ulster County, Kingston — 20th New York State Militia[ 80th N. Y. Vol. ] — Ulster Guard —
Battle HonorsGainesville                   August 28, 1862 2nd Bull Run                August 30, 1862 Chantilly                       September 1, 1862 South Mountain           September 14, 1862 Antietam                      September 17, 1862 . . . Map (db m58033) HM
5New York, Ulster County, Kingston — A Community AtticSenate House State Historic Site
This Georgian Revival style museum was built in 1927 to house and display Senate House State Historic Site’s expanding collections. Today’s permanent and temporary exhibits showcase Hudson Valey decorative and fine arts, including works by such . . . Map (db m57460) HM
6New York, Ulster County, Kingston — A Radical Idea: Government by the PeopleSenate House State Historic Site
Consider the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens like Abraham van Gaasbeck, who risked his life, family, and property, when he offered his modest stone house as a meeting place for the first New York State Senate in September 1777. Would you have . . . Map (db m57457) HM
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7New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Academy Green Statues
These statues were given to the City of Kingston by Emily Crane Chadbourne June 4th, 1959Map (db m57768) HM
8New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Beginning of the State of New York
The Society of the Colonial Dames of America place this tablet to mark the spot whereon was set in motion the Commonwealth of the State of New York on the thirtieth day of July in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven by . . . Map (db m57567) HM
9New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Bogardus Tavern
Site of Bogardus Tavern First Meeting Place New York State Assembly September 10, 1777.Map (db m57437) HM
10New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Bronze Cannon
Bronze cannon from Raritan Arsenal Metuchen N.J. presented on May 30,1947 to the City of Kingston N.Y. through Paul Appel to replace iron cannon donated to World War II scrap drive & originally presented on June 28 1877 to the City of . . . Map (db m204981) HM
11New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Burning of Kingston
As a memorial to those citizens of • Kingston • because of whose patriotism the village was burned by the British forces under the command of Maj. Gen. John Vaughan on the 16th day of October • 1777 • ----------- This tablet is erected by one of the . . . Map (db m109022) HM
12New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Chambers Pear Tree1652 - 2002
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 . . . Map (db m59285) HM
13New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Dr. Cornelius C. Elmendorph House
Pre-Revolution home of Old Dutch Church Conferentie family leader 1754 – 1772. Ulster County Medical Society founded in this building July 1, 1806 Map (db m57501) HM
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14New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Fair Street Church
The Congregation of the Fair Street Reformed Church meets here in the oldest public worship building in Kingston. Established as the Second Reformed Church of Kingston in January, 1849, the small group of 27 people originally met for worship in the . . . Map (db m57762) HM
15New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Fourth Ward Honor Roll
Original Dedication March 28, 1943 Re-Dedication June 6, 1998 Albert Abdallah · John Abdallah · Robert Ackert · Frank Albrecht · Louis F. Albrecht · Walter F. Albrecht · Michael Appa · Adam Argulewicz · Andrew Argulewicz · Edward . . . Map (db m204888) WM
16New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Fulton’s Playground: Fun with Steamboats
Robert Fulton did not invent the steamboat, but he was the first person to make steamboats. Commercially viable: His first vessel, called just "The Steamboat," proved that steam travel could be safe and reliable. Steamboats took over . . . Map (db m204671) HM
17New York, Ulster County, Kingston — George Clinton
Born July 26, 1739, Little Britain, N. Y. Married February 7, 1770, Cornelia Tappen Died April 20, 1812, Buried Washington, D. C. Ulster County Clerk,   1759 – 1812 Brigadier General,   Revolutionary War First Governor of New York State,   . . . Map (db m57570) HM
18New York, Ulster County, Kingston — George Clinton
[ Lower Marker : ] George Clinton First Governor New York State 1777 – 1804 Vice-President United States 1804 – 1812 Honored by Wiltwyck Chapter D. A. R. [ Marker on Monument : ] To the Memory of George Clinton He . . . Map (db m57573) HM
19New York, Ulster County, Kingston — George Washington
1732                     1932 In commemoration of the visit of George Washington to Kingston on the 16th of November, 1782 His reception by the Trustees of the freeholders and Commonalty of the Town and the Consistory of this church George J.L. . . . Map (db m57574) HM
20New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Hasbrouck Park Trail
Hasbrouck Park History Hasbrouck Park is Kingston's first official downtown park which opened in 1920. It is one of Kingston's larger parks at 45 acres. Much of Hasbrouck Park was mined by the Newark Lime and Cement Company in the late . . . Map (db m204784) HM
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21New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Hoffman House
Built by Nicholas Hoffman 1711 on part of Crown Grant of land made to his father Martinus in 1688. This is the northwest corner of the Old Stockade.Map (db m57448) HM
22New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Island Dock
This man-made island was designed and constructed in 1848 by a local engineer, James McEntee, to store the coal shipped by D and H Canal from Pennsylvania. The coal was transferred by steam-operated elevators to river barges for shipment to New . . . Map (db m59273) HM
23New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Judge Lucas Elmendorf Mansion
Built circa 1790 by this regent, turnpike builder, Associate of Thomas Jefferson. His election to Congress 1797 – 1803 was celebrated by a grand illumination of this house 1798.Map (db m109023) HM
24New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Academy
Original site Kingston Academy Founded 1774 Moved to Academy Green 1830 Board of Trustees in service from 1795 to present.Map (db m57442) HM
25New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Academy
This is the original building used as Kingston Academy when founded in 1774 Partially burned by British troops October 16th, 1777Map (db m57445) HM
26New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Academy
Founded 1774   Erected on present site 1830 Rebuilt 1883 Wm. M. Hayes • E. M. Brigham • W.E. Ostrandes • E.L. Westbrook • J.S.Burhans • Chas. Reynolds • H.D. Baldwin • Aug. Schepmoes • D.C. Overbaugh • M.T. Winchell Architect: Charles W. Romeyn . . . Map (db m66925) HM
27New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Korea Vietnam Veterans Monument
Their Dedication and Devotion to God and Country is Justly Exemplified by Their Loyalty Courage and Sacrifice Rendered in the Line of DutyMap (db m204982) WM
28New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Operation Desert Storm Memorial
Dedicated to Kingston’s own Defenders of Freedom To the men and women of Kingston who served us so proudly in the armed forces during “Operation Desert Storm” We are forever grateful and proud. Presented by:       Citizens of . . . Map (db m58039) WM
29New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Point Beach
In Memory of Korean Conflict Cpl. Joseph Guido 1933-1952 World War II Cpl. Louis Perry 1921-1944 Korean Conflict Cpl. Vincent Yonta 1931-1953Map (db m204781) WM
30New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston Veterans Memorial Site
Dedicated to Those Who Served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America by the Common Council of the City of Kingston   June 2, 1971 Mayor   Francis R. Koenig Alderman At Large   T. Robert Gallo Aldermen John P. Heitzman · John . . . Map (db m204983) WM
31New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston War on Terrorism Monument
In Honor of all who Served in the War on Terrorism We believe that liberty is the design of nature; we believe that liberty is the direction of history. We believe that human fulfillment and excellence come in the responsible exercise of liberty. . . . Map (db m204986) WM
32New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston World War I - World War II Veterans Monument
Dedicated by the Grateful Citizens of Uster County in Memory of Those Who Served in the Armed Forces of the United StatesMap (db m204984) WM
33New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Kingston World War I Monument
1917   Roll of Honor   1918 ( 1,534 names are listed )Map (db m204898) WM
34New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Louis CaterinoNo. 1 Boater       No. 1 Friend
Lou, fond of saying, “Just Relax,” had great concern for others. He often helped boaters in distress and could be seen retrieving broken-away docks. God saw fit to take him, but not before Lou had accomplished one more good and lasting . . . Map (db m59290) HM
35New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Medal of HonorStaff Sergeant Robert H. Dietz, U.S. Army — Co. A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion —
CITATION:       “Sergeant Dietz was a squad leader with Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, on 29 March 1945, when the task force to which his unit was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany. Between . . . Map (db m89857) HM
36New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Navy Seabees
Navy Seabees We Build We Fight Seabees Forever … Past, Present and FutureMap (db m204532) WM
37New York, Ulster County, Kingston — New York State Assembly
On April 23, 1977, a delegation representing the New York State Assembly returned to the site of the Assembly’s first meeting.Map (db m57438) HM
38New York, Ulster County, Kingston — New York State’s Heritage Area System
What is a Heritage Area? A Heritage Area has a mission to Preserve its historic resources, Educate the general public as to these resources and their roles in the development of local government, provide varieties of Recreation for the . . . Map (db m59278) HM
39New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Old Blockhouse
Site of Old Blockhouse Built 1658Map (db m57413) HM
40New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Old Dutch Church
This church was burned by the British in 1777, restored, and later replaced. Governor George Clinton and some seventy soldiers are buried in its cemetery.Revolutionary War Heritage TrailMap (db m57412) HM
41New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Old Dutch Church
Site of first Old Dutch Church Built 1661Map (db m57446) HM
42New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Old Stockade   1658
Site of Old Stockade   1658 southwest bastion Plan of Stockade Fort (F) and Streets Kingston (Wiltwyck) 1658Map (db m57409) HM
43New York, Ulster County, Kingston — One Hundred and Twentieth Infantry New York Volunteers
To the undying renown of the rank and file of the One Hundred and Twentieth Infantry New York Volunteers. One of “Three Hundred Fighting Regiments” in the War for the Union. ---------- By the Colonel of the Regiment. ---------- 1896. [ . . . Map (db m57582) HM
44New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Patriots of the RevolutionRevolutionary War Heritage Trail
British Forces Burn Kingston Responsible for the security of Kingston, when the British burned the Village on October 16, 1777 – General Clinton wrote to General Gates that of the promised 3000 men, only 400 were sent. He concluded this . . . Map (db m57490) HM
45New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor Lest We Forget Robert J. “Red” Flannery 7 · December · 1941Map (db m204985) WM
46New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Plan of Kingston in 1695
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 . . . Map (db m57546) HM
47New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Plan of Kingston in 1695
The stockade was built in three weeks and stood 14 feet high. The settlers, about 70 took their houses and barns apart log by log, carted them uphill and rebuilt them inside the Stockade Area. The walled village was called Wiltwyck. Gates gave the . . . Map (db m57547) HM
48New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Romer & Tremper Steamboat Dock
In the second half of the 19th century, (after 1850) the most important docks for passenger steamboats on the Rondout were those of Thomas Cornell and Romer, Tremper, & Gillett. Thomas Cornell's docks were located where the brick Cornell . . . Map (db m204526) HM
49New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Rondout
Once a handful of homes and storehouses known as Kingston Landing, this area grew rapidly with the D and H Canal. Shipyards, foundries, stone quarries and brick yards sprouted along the Rondout Creek attracting Irish and German immigrants. The . . . Map (db m59277) HM
50New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot
In the days before the Rondout Creek bridges, people crossed the creek by ferry. First, a wooden scow which was sculled or rowed across the creek was used for many years. Then a steam-driven chain ferry, John P. Sleight, was used . . . Map (db m204670) HM
51New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Sampson Opera HouseFreeman Building
Originally built in 1875, as a mansard-roofed commercial building, this structure housed stores, a saloon, and on its third and fourth floors, an “opera house” for stage productions. After a fire ten years later, the fourth floor was . . . Map (db m59276) HM
52New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Sections of the “Old Stone Road”
          These two grooved sections of bluestone were once part of the “Stone Road” which was installed on the dirt roads that ran from the bluestone quarries in the Catskills, not far from Kingston, to the waterfront on the Rondout . . . Map (db m59287) HM
53New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Senate HouseState Historic Site
The State’s first Senate met here in the fall of 1777 until the city of Kingston was attacked and burned by the British.Revolutionary War Heritage TrailMap (db m57410) HM
54New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Senate House
. . . Map (db m57439) HM
55New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Senate House Museum
Erected by The State of New York Cornerstone laid by his excellency Alfred E. Smith Governor of the State on the 150th anniversary of the organization of the first legislature at Kingston September 10th, 1927.Map (db m57452) HM
56New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Sojourner TruthCa. 1797 – Nov. 26, 1883
          Famous slave of Ulster County, born in Hurley, N.Y. Though illiterate, this woman of indomitable character and intellect left her indelible mark as an eloquent condemner of slavery, from this court. By winning her lawsuit – the . . . Map (db m57502) HM
57New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Stuyvesant Indian Treaty
May 15, 1664 Class ‘95Map (db m66926) HM
58New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Mary Powell: Queen Of The Hudson
Of the hundreds of steamboats which cperated on the Hudson River in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mary Powell was the most famous of all. She was known as the Queen of the Hudson for her beauty, speed, and graciousness. The . . . Map (db m204527) HM
59New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Cornell Shops Building
This building was originally built as the machine shops for the Cornell Steamboat Company, which had its headquarters in Rondout. The company dominated the towing business on the Hudson River from the 1830s through the middle of the 20th century. . . . Map (db m204679) HM
60New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Cornell Steamboat Company
Thomas Cornell came to the Rondout and began shipping with a sloop in 1837. His first cargoes were coal from the D&H Canal. Steam came to dominate freight transport as it had already taken over passenger transport. Cornell's business grew as more . . . Map (db m204675) HM
61New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Delaware and Hudson Canal
The Rondout Creek at this site provided the tidewater terminal for the D and H Canal, a constructed water-way of 108 miles, completed in 1828. Starting at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, hundreds of flat canal boats carried millions of tons of coal, . . . Map (db m59272) HM
62New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Evolution of the Senate HouseSenate House State Historic Site
Wessel Ten Broeck, a Dutch immigrant to New York, built and owned what would become the Senate House. Although only portions of his 1676 house remain, Ten Broeck’s residence was probably a modest stone house with a steep gabled roof facing the . . . Map (db m57461) HM
63New York, Ulster County, Kingston — 552 — The Four CornersOldest Intersection in America
All four stone houses at this intersection built between ca. 1663 – ca. 1775. prior to the Revolutionary WarMap (db m183353) HM
64New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Kingston-Rhinecliff Ferry
Ferries ran between Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck and Rondout/Kingston since the early days of Dutch settlement in the late 17th century (after 1680). Originally, rowboats would have been used. Later, in the 18th century (1700s), a more organized ferry . . . Map (db m204673) HM
65New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Loughran HouseSenate House State Historic Site
This Italianate style house was designed by John A. Wood and built in the early 1870s for Dr. Robert Loughran (1834 – 1899) as an office and residence. A surgeon during the Civil War, Dr. Loughran settled in Kingston and became active in . . . Map (db m57462) HM
66New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Pike Plan1976
Uptown Kingston conceived and designed by John Pike for urban renewal His talented designs defeated urban blight and preserved the character of an older era for all to enjoy.Map (db m57563) HM
67New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge
Between the 1840’s and early 1920’s ferries were used to transport people and vehicles across the Rondout Creek. The last was a chain ferry affectionately nicknamed the “Skillypot”, Dutch for tortoise, apt for both its appearance and . . . Map (db m59274) HM
68New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Stockade Historic District
The Stockade Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1975Map (db m57565) HM
69New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The Tugboat Mathilda
The 1898 steam tugboat Mathilda was built in Sorel, Quebec, and for many years worked on the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Originally, coal fueled her steam boilers. Later her engine was changed to an oil-fired, two-cylinder . . . Map (db m204377) HM
70New York, Ulster County, Kingston — The West Strand
This row of nineteenth buildings is all that remains of a once thriving river port commercial center. The Mansion House at the corner of Broadway, once a 100 room stage stop and hotel, offered modest accommodations to travelers and canallers. The . . . Map (db m59275) HM
71New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Ulster County Civil War Monument
To the Soldiers and Sailors of the County of Ulster in the War for the Union 1861 – 1865 Their grateful fellow citizensMap (db m58034) HM
72New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Van Keuren Homestead
Burned by British Oct. 17, 1777. Rebuilt and occupied by direct descendants of original owner since then.Map (db m57432) HM
73New York, Ulster County, Kingston — Van Leuven Mansion
Fred J. Johnston American Antiques Museum The house was built circa 1812 by NY State Senator John Sudam, who hosted Washington Irving and Martin Van Buren as guests. The Van Leuven family purchased the house circa 1880 and it then became known as . . . Map (db m57500) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023