Ulster County Genealogical Society

Ulster County Resources — Museums, Societies, Historic Places


Town of Denning

Town of Esopus

  • Klyne Esopus Historical Society & Museum
    P.O. Box 180, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY 12487
    Telephone: 845-338-8109
    Museum located at 764 Route 9W, Ulster Park, housed in historic Dutch Reformed Church. Exhibits on Sojourner Truth, John Burroughs, Judge Alton B. Parker. Genealogy and local history library.
  • Perrine's Bridge
    Route 213, Rifton, NY
    Oldest remaining covered bridge and the last surviving single-span Burr-arch truss bridge in New York State. Pedestrian traffic only. Spans Wallkill River, between Rifton and Tillson.

Town of Gardiner

  • See also Town of Shawangunk
  • Terwilliger Homestead
    400 Route 32, Gardiner, NY
    Telephone: 845-255-1889 or 845-255-1660
    Built in 1738, early Hudson Valley vernacular architecture with original collections, family cemetery, outbuildings with tools and equipment that were part of the farm complex. Contact Huguenot Historical Society.
  • Locust Lawn
    400 Route 32, Gardiner, NY
    Telephone: 845-255-1889 or 845-255-1660
    Federal mansion built c1814, home of Josiah Hasbrouck, lieutenant in Revolutionary War. Features furnishings of original family collections. Contact Huguenot Historical Society.
  • Tuthilltown Grist Mill
    20 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner, NY
    Telephone: 845-255-5695
    National Register of Historic Places. The oldest working grist mill in New York State dating back to 1788.

Town of Hardenburgh

Town of Hurley

  • Hurley Heritage Society & Museum
    P.O. Box 1661, 52 Main Street, Hurley, NY 12443
    Telephone: 845-338-1661
    Museum located on Main Street in Elmendorf House, featuring historical displays.
  • Hurley Historic District
    Hurley, NY
    National Historic Landmark District. Stone houses illustrate the 17th and 18th century Dutch heritage of the town, originally called Nieuw Dorp. These are private homes, open for tours on Stone House Day, usually the 2nd Saturday in July. Stone House Day features costumed guides, exhibits, antiques, crafts, books, military equipment.
  • Hurley Patentee Manor
    464 Old Route 209, Hurley, NY 12443
    Telephone: 845-331-5414
    National Historic Landmark. Authentically furnished 1696 Dutch farm cottage and 1745 English country mansion.
  • Ulster County Genealogical Society (UCGS)
    P.O. Box 536, Hurley, NY 12443
    Extensive genealogical reference library located in Hurley Reformed Church. Publishes quarterly newsletter, "The GENIE", to Society members.

City of Kingston

  • Fred J. Johnston Museum
    63 Main Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-339-0720
    National Historic District. 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts.
  • Friends of Historic Kingston Museum
    63 Main Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-339-0720
    Adjacent to Fred J. Johnston Museum, features research archives and changing exhibits of local history.
  • Hudson River Maritime Museum
    1 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-338-0071
    The only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, featuring paintings, a living museum, and artifacts. Waterfront special events and boat rides to the historic Rondout Lighthouse.
  • Kingston Urban Cultural Park Heritage Area Visitor's Center
    20 Broadway and 308 Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-331-7517 or 1-800-331-1518
    Two visitor centers offer exhibits on Kingston's past industry, history, architecture. Brochures, maps, calendar of events.
  • Old Dutch Church Heritage Museum
    272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-334-9355
    Tours and genealogy.
  • Old Dutch Church
    272 Main Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-338-6759
    Noted for its architecture. Organized in 1659. Graveyard of early Dutch settlers, site of grave of George Clinton, first governor of New York State.
  • Rondout Lighthouse
    Telephone: 845-338-0071
    Historic 1913 lighthouse located on Hudson River at mouth of Rondout Creek, operated as satellite museum by Hudson River Maritime Museum. Accessible only by tour boat departing from Hudson River Maritime Museum dock. Guided tours through 4-floor structure, including lantern tower, featuring period furnishings and exhibits.
  • Senate House & Museum
    312 Fair Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-338-2786
    State Historic Site. Built in 1676, was meeting place in 1777 of the first New York State senate. Museum in separate building, houses collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, military equipment, manuscripts, paintings.
  • Trolley Museum of New York
    89 East Strand, Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-331-3399
    Trolley rides on original tracks along historic Kingston waterfront to Kingston Point Park on Hudson River. Visitor's center and museum store.
  • Volunteer Fireman's Hall & Museum
    265 Fair Street, Kingston, NY
    Telephone: 845-331-0866
    Display of artifacts and other memorabilia in 1857 Fire Station.

Town of Kingston

Town of Lloyd

  • Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society
    12 Church Street, Highland, New York 12528

Town of Marbletown

  • Bevier House Museum / Ulster County Historical Society
    Mailing address: Ulster County Historical Society, P.O. Box 279, Stone Ridge, New York 12484-0279
    Physical address: Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown, New York
    Telephone: 845-338-5614
    Ulster County Historical Society and museum located in stone farmhouse that was home to Bevier family 1715-1938. Collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative arts and tools. Civil War room, research library.
  • Canal Forge
    Route 6 & Towpath Road, Alligerville-High Falls
    845-687-7130
    A working blacksmith shop overlooking the Rondout Creek adjacent to the old D&H Canal.
  • D&H Canal Historical Society & Museum
    P.O. Box 23, Mohonk Road, High Falls, NY 12440
    Telephone: 845-687-9311
    National Historic Site. Original locks from the Delaware & Hudson Canal.
  • Kripplebush Schoolhouse Museum
    P.O. Box 91, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

Town of Marlborough

  • Gomez Mill House
    11 Mill House Road, Marlboro, NY
    Telephone: 845-236-3126
    National Register of Historic Places. Earliest extant Jewish residence in America. Began as trading post in 1714, enlarged by merchants, patriots, farmers, craftsmen and statesmen. Partially restored paper mill. Furnishings, decorative arts, library.

Town of New Paltz

  • Huguenot Historical Society
    18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561
    Telephone: 845-255-1660
  • Historic Huguenot Street
    Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY
    Telephone: 845-255-1660 or 845-255-1889
    National Historic Landmark District. Collection of house museums with heirloom and period furniture. Included are stone houses built by Huguenot settlers 1692-1712, The French Church and burying ground, a library, museum, gift shop and picnic facilities.
  • Mohonk Mountain House
    1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY
    Telephone: 1-800-772-6646
    National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1869 by Albert Smiley.

Town of Olive

  • Town of Olive Historical Society & Museum
    P.O. Box 366, Shokan, New York 12481
    Museum located in Olive Free Library located on Route 28A.

Town of Plattekill

Town of Rochester

  • Friends of Historic Rochester
    P.O. Box 229, Accord, NY 12404
    Telephone: 845-626-8671
    Publishes a quarterly newsletter, "The Accordian", and organizes events promoting awareness of this town's history. Maintains a library and museum room in the Rochester Reformed Church that contains genealogies, old scrap books and other memorabilia relating to the town.

Town of Rosendale

  • Century House Historical Society
    688 Route 213, P.O. Box 150, Rosendale, NY 12472-0150
    Telephone: 845-658-9900
    Dedicated to the industrial history of the Rosendale natural cement region. Located on the Snyder Estate
  • A. J. Snyder Estate
    Route 213, Rosendale, NY
    Telephone: 845-658-9900
    State and National Register of Historic Places. Tours conducted by Century House Historical Society, include Widow Jane Mine, cement kilns, Delaware & Hudson Canal, Snyder Canal Skip, exhibition hall, and Snyder carriage and sleigh collection. Located north side of Route 213, one mile west of the village.

Town of Saugerties

  • Kiersted House
    119 Main Street, Saugerties, NY
    Architecturally significant example of 18th century building. Historical reenactments, seasonal concerts, historical displays.
  • Opus 40 & Quarryman's Museum
    7480 Fite Road, Saugerties, NY
    Telephone: 845-246-3400
    Environmental bluestone sculptures built by Harvey Fite. Museum of tools.
  • Saugerties Historical Society
    10 Finger Street, Kierstede House, Saugerties, New York 12477
    Telephone: 845-246-9529
  • Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy
    Saugerties, NY
    Telephone: 845-247-0656 or 845-246-4380
    Lighthouse contains museum displaying artifacts of the lighthouse and of the commercial heyday of the Saugerties waterfront. Can be reached by private boat from south side of Esopus Creek or by nature trail on Lighthouse Drive.

Town of Shandaken

  • Empire State Railway Museum
    Phoenicia, NY
    Telephone: 845-688-7501
    National Register of Historic Places. Museum is housed in former Ulster & Delaware station built in 1899. Exhibits of photos, films and artifacts, dedicated to history of Catskill Mountain and greater Hudson Valley railroads, their people, the towns they served, the residents and visitors.
  • Town of Shandaken Historical Museum
    P.O. Box 678, 26 Academy Street, Pine Hill, New York 12465
    Telephone: 845-254-4460
    The museum is housed in the Old School District #14 building on Academy Street in Pine Hill, featuring historical artifacts and genealogical records.

Town of Shawangunk

  • Shawangunk and Gardiner Historical Society
    P.O. Box 570, Wallkill, New York 12589

Town of Wawarsing

  • Ellenville Museum, Terwilliger House
    45 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY
    Telephone: 845-647-5530
    Collection of local history, glass and pottery, changing local art exhibits.

Town of Woodstock

  • Historical Society of Woodstock & Museum
  • P.O. Box 841, Woodstock, NY 12498
    Telephone: 845-679-6744
    The Museum is located on Comeau Drive in Woodstock and features a tool room, photography display, art and other items of the town's past.

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