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.

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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.

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A visit to Kingston – Time for lunch

By the time we got to Kingston we were both hungry so our first stop was for lunch. After walking around for a bit trying to find somewhere we finished up at the Two Ravens Tavern.

These guitars were two among many. According to Kingston Happenings:

The next thing you notice are the guitars, lots of them in different shapes and colors decorating the walls.

When asked about the guitars, owner Jay Bradley, a colorful character perfectly suited to tending a tavern replies, “Who doesn’t like guitars?” Apparently, Mr. Bradley does. In fact he builds them. He and his friend Dave Harrington, an occasional barkeep at Two Ravens, are the makers. His hankering for guitars stems from a stint in a band. When asked what kind of music they played, he says, “Bad, really bad.”

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A visit to Kingston – A bit of history

Kingston has Four Historic Districts: The Rondout-West Strand; Chestnut Street; Fair Street and The Stockade.

In 1777 the British sailed up the Hudson River, took Forts Montgomery and Clinton and then continued up the Hudson to Kingston, then the capital of New York State. From the river they proceeded to the stockade surrounding the town and eventually burnt over 300 dwellings to the ground. Many of the buildings were made of stone and were subsequently rebuilt.

As our time was limited we decided to focus on the ‘Stockade District‘.

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