Settled by the Dutch in 1651, Kingston became the first capital of New York State in 1777. Many of the original Dutch and Revolutionary War stone buildings can be found in various neighborhoods, including the historic Stockade and Rondout districts.
Located on the Hudson River in the Middle Region
of the valley, and bounded on the west by the Catskill and Shawangunk mountain ranges, Kingston is undergoing a revitalization like many of its fellow 18th
c. Hudson River towns. As you walk the cobblestone streets, you will find a mixture of boutique shops, art galleries, contemporary restaurants, and music venues such as the Ulster Performing Arts Center.Kingston hosts a variety of special events each year, including Irish, Greek and Italian festivals, the Artists Soapbox Derby, the Wall Street Jazz Festival, and a Kayak Festival. First Saturdays draw art lovers to tour the many galleries. The award-winning Keegan Ales brewery is another draw.The Rondout section down on the waterfront features a pedestrian walkway, the Maritime Museum, Hudson River cruises, and a marina area with restaurants, fishing, kayaking/canoe rentals, sailboat charters, and docking facilities for those who travel by boat.