The Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston, NY, is set to open for the 2019 season on Wednesday April 24. The site will be open to the public Wednesdays thru Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays 1 to 5 pm. The site is located at 296 Fair Street in historic uptown Kingston.
The Senate House, which served as the 18th century home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek and the meeting place of the first New York State Senate is currently undergoing restoration work. While this work is being done, guided tours will not visit the inside of Senate House, but instead, will take visitors to the Loughran House for a new temporary exhibit, “Back to the Future: The Evolution of Senate House.” This new exhibit explores the changes Senate House has undergone over the past century, and includes rarely seen images of the building.
Admission also includes the Museum, which houses the Vanderlyn Gallery, exhibiting sketches and paintings by 19th century artist John Vanderlyn, as well as an exhibit exploring Kingston’s oldest European colonial settlement in the Stockade Gallery. Admission rates are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, children 12 and under are free. Guided tours of the interior of Senate House will resume once restoration work is completed.
Senate House State Historic Site is part of a system of parks, recreation areas and historic sites operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact the site at (845) 338-2786 or visit the state parks website.
Photo of the Senate House State Historic Site provided.