Amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion in the fall of 1777, the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers met in Kingston to form a new state government. While convened in Kingston in September and October, New York's first Senate met in the simple stone house of merchant Abraham Van Gaasbeek.
In 1887, to recognize Senate House's role in the Revolution, New York State acquired the property, which quickly became a vital community museum. A two-story Museum Building was constructed in 1927 to house and display the site's burgeoning collection. Among its treasures are: major art works by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston, dating from the 1720s through the 1870s, and notable paintings by Ammi Phillips, Joseph Tubby, James Bard, and Thomas Sully.
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.
Adult - $4
Sr (62+) - $3
12 & under - free
Group Tours - $3 per person
School Group Lesson - $3
School Outreach Lesson - $3
New Civil War Exhibit, "With Malice Toward None: Ulster County and the Civil War," Opens October 12, 2013
Citizens of Ulster County provided an impressive contribution to the Civil War. Soldiers of every rank stepped forward to answer the call to preserve the Union. A new exhibit, "With Malice Toward None: Ulster County and the Civil War" explores the sacrifices local residents made during one of the most critical periods in American history.
The exhibit is located in the Loughran House, 296 Fair Street in Kingston. The house was built by Civil War veteran, Dr. Robert Loughran in the early 1870s. Loughran served as a surgeon in the 20th Regiment, NYSM. The free exhibit will be opening at 11 AM, Saturday October 12, 2013, as part of the Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, please call (845) 338-2786.