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.

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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

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.
Dec
2
Fri
5:00 pm Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Festival of Lights
As part of the “Snowflake Festival”.  The Loughran House and grounds of Senate House will be all decked out for the holiday season.  Roasted chestnuts and hot apple cider, horse and wagon rides, and visit with Santa Claus.
Dec
9
Fri
5:00 pm Holiday Champagne Reception at t...
Holiday Champagne Reception at t...
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join the Friends of the Senate House for our Annual Holiday Champagne Reception at the beautifully decorated historic Loughran House.   Tour the House, elegantly decorated for the holiday season, as you sip champagne and enjoy artisan cheeses and chocolates to the warm sounds of celebrated jazz group Blue Gardenia.   A holiday event not to be missed!

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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