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Senate House State Historic Site

296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3836
+1 845-338-2786
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Beautiful woodwork, lots of history depicted around the walls.

We went for the burning of Kingston event, and had about an hour to go through the Senate house... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Jeannene A
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Hannacroix, New York
A lot of history in a small space

We happened to be there the weekend of the burning celebration and I wish we could have stayed for... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Bill W
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Austin, Texas, United States
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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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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We went for the burning of Kingston event, and had about an hour to go through the Senate house. Very informative, and nicely done. You could do the tour yourself, or have a guided tour. Either way, the building was beautiful.

Thank Jeannene A
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We happened to be there the weekend of the burning celebration and I wish we could have stayed for more of it. We had an excellent guide though for the tour of the Senate House. She was smart and well informed about details of the...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Nicely decorated. The speaker seemed very knowledgeable but did not use much prosody in his voice. Also, they made him use a microphone which actually came accross quieter then when he wasnt using it. They allowed people to come in to use the bathroom and...More

Thank iLOV3F00D
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The tour was good, but a little lacking. They seemed to rush us through rather quickly with little in the way of stories about the house. It is a great way to learn about the start of New York.

Thank Bonnie5901
Reviewed 11 July 2017

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

2  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 27 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

1  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 24 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

1  Thank enewellz
Reviewed 10 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
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