A visit to Kingston – Hoffman House Tavern

The Hoffman House was built before October 1679, and the the original structure is largely intact. The first recorded owner of the property was Edward Whittaker, an English soldier in the employ of the Duke of York. Anthony Hoffman was an elected member of the Provincial Congress of New York City in 1774, and signed the “Articles of Confederation” in 1775. The property is now a restaurant. Looks like a nice place for a meal. They have an attractive covered eating area in the rear.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A visit to Kingston – Old Dutch Church

Formally organized in 1659, Kingston’s Old Dutch Church is one of the oldest continuously existing congregations in the country. Its current building, the fifth, dates back to 1852. The surrounding churchyard contains gravestones dating back to 1710. Approx. 70 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried there. This elaborate monument marks the burial place of George Clinton, New York’s first governor, and vice president under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Across the street is the site of the original courthouse where the Constitution of New York State was written and adopted on April 20, 1777. New York’s first elected governor, George Clinton took the oath of office there, and the first State Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice, John Jay convened there.

The site is now occupied by the current Ulster County Courthouse built in 1818. Here Sojourner Truth, the famous abolitionist won her son’s freedom from slavery in Alabama.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A visit to Kingston – Overview and Gomez Mill House

In September we went to a town (Kingston, NY) burnt to the ground by the British in 1777. On the way we made and impromptu stop at the earliest known surviving Jewish dwelling in North America (The Gomez house. See pictures above and below).

In April 1716, Luis Moses Gomez, a Jewish community leader from New York City, purchased 1,200 acres with river access in what is now Marlborough, NY. The Gomez family amassed 3,000 acres by 1723 and built a fieldstone house on what was known as Jews Creek…. The house was subsequently purchased by Wolfert Acker, a Dutch-American who added a second story and attic with bricks made from clay found nearby. During the Revolutionary War, Acker served as a lieutenant in the New Marlborough Company of Minute Men and chairman of the Committee of Safety while General Washington’s army was camped close by in Newburgh. The house became a center for meetings of the new American patriots

Although the house is quite old, the mill isn’t. Dard Hunter, a paper maker associated with the Arts and Crafts movement bought the Mill House in 1912 and built a small paper mill in the shape of a Devonshire cottage, complete with thatched roof.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A visit to Fishkill – First Reformed Church of Fishkill – Du Bois House

“Although this house bears the name of a founding elder of the church, it was never owned or occupied by him. Originally referred to as the Village Farm, this structure passed through many generations of church members before being sold as a commercial property. In 1991, the church acquired the building, which had been significantly modified inside. The building now houses our offices and a meeting room” (First Reformed Church Website).

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.