Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour Planned


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Rondout Walking TourThe walking tour of the Rondout National Historic District, offered by Friends of Historic Kingston, will take place on Saturday, July 29, departing at 1 pm from the Kingston Visitors Center, 20 Broadway.

The one-hour tour focuses on the rise of Rondout in the nineteenth century as a thriving maritime village during the era when the village was the terminus for the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes, and churches built by the various nationalities who emigrated to Rondout is viewed.

Following the street plan designed by Peter Stuyvesant in 1658, the tour walks the heart of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. Included is a tour of the interior of the c. 1812 Johnston House, the former home and showroom of nationally noted antiques dealer Fred J. Johnston where his collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts, mostly American, are showcased in eight elegant room settings he designed.

The monthly walking tour of the 1658 Stockade National Historic District, offered by the Friends of Historic Kingston, will take place on Saturday, August 5, departing from the Friends of Historic Kingston Museum at 1 pm.

That tour highlights include viewing the many eighteenth century limestone houses still standing in the Stockade District, and visiting the site of the drafting of the New York State Constitution in 1777 and the gravesite of New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton, in the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16. The tour departs from the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, corner of Wall and Main Streets, opposite the Old Dutch Church. Reservations are suggested but not required.

The tour fee is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 16. Some uphill walking is involved.

For information, call (845) 339-0720, or click here.

Photo: Rondout Walking Tour, provided.

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