Kingston Travel Guide

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Kingston Overview

Kingston is a small city of about 24,000 (almost unchanged since 2000) located along Interstate 87 and US Highway 9 West in Ulster County in Southeastern New York. It is not far from the borders with Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is on the Hudson River. The first town here was established in 1651 and was called Esopus after the Esopus Indian Tribe. The name was later changed to Kingston and in 1777, Kingston became the first capitol of the state of New York. Kingston was largely burned by the British during the Revolutionary War. Kingston became a city in 1892 when the villages of Kingston and Rondout merged. Its location on the river and on a rail line aided in the economic growth of the town. Kingston is the county seat of Ulster County. Ulster County is named for the province of Ulster in Ireland.

Kingston has a number of historic areas with quite a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. Kingston has 5 historic districts and about 3 dozen individual entries in the National Register of Historic Places. I particularly liked the old Rondout Historic District.

Kingston has some nice museums to visit too, like the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

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