Planning to visit the Senate House? Look at the timetable of upcoming events.

FIRST CAPITAL OF NY

The Senate House State Historic site reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. More importantly, it was the meeting place for the original New York State Senate. History was made here as colonists shaped a newly created government. Our collection of colonial-era artifacts, furniture, and portraits, shed light on domestic colonial life and times.

Our Venues

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The Senate House

This historic house was built back in 1676 and has a prominent spot in New York State's colonial history...

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The Senate House Museum

The museum was built in 1927 and houses the site's permanent collections in three galleries. Works of artist John Vanderlyn...

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The Loughran House

Victorian style house built between 1872 and 1873, now a part of the Senate House property is used for special events...

COMING EXHIBITIONS

Aug
2
Tue
10:00 am History Camp
History Camp
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – Aug 4 @ 1:04 am
History Camp
10am – 2pm For children ages 8-12.  Various hands-on activities include churning butter, making wampum, hearthside cooking, decoding 18th century documents, making “delft” tiles and more. To  register your child and for more information please contact the Senate House at (845) 338-2786.
Sep
16
Fri
6:00 pm A Night at the Senate House with...
A Night at the Senate House with...
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Night at the Senate House with Jay Unger and Molly Mason @ Kingston | New York | United States
Grammy Award-winning folk artists Jay Unger and Molly Mason will return to the Senate House once again to perform on the lawn of the Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair St., Kingston, on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. This will be a benefit concert for the Friends of the Senate House. Along with a successful recording career, Jay and Molly’s music has appeared in various movies, most notably in Ken Burns’ landmark PBS documentary The Civil War. The result: an Emmy nomination for Jay and a Grammy for the soundtrack album. On radio and television, Ungar and Mason have appeared on “CBS Good Morning,” “The Rosie O’Donnel Show,” “All Things Considered,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and the BBC’s “Transatlantic Sessions.” They continue to broadcast their own live-performance radio show, “Dancing on the Air.” Tickets for the event are $30 and are available through the Friends of the Senate House. Along with the music, there will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks with Ungar and Mason. Seating is limited. Click here to become a sponsor
Oct
8
Sat
11:00 am 18th Century Autumn Festival
18th Century Autumn Festival
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
18th Century Autumn Festival
Demonstrations of apple cider pressing, meat smoking, hearthside cooking, dipping candles, making dried apple wreaths and cornhusk dolls, reenactors depicting 18th century camp life.  Entertainment by Stephen Gratto with juggling and balancing acts to amaze one and all.

UPCOMING EVENT

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    18th Century Medicine

    Led by a staff educator, students will explore the contents of a "colonial medical chest" and learn some of the ways that 18th century understanding of the body and medical treatment... Program time: 1 to 1.5 hours Most appropriate for grates 2 through 6

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