The Rondout National Historic District tour is offered on the last Saturday of the month May-October. This tour traces the rapid transformation of Kingston’s waterfront area from farmland into a thriving maritime village and Hudson River port when it became the terminus of the Delaware and Hudson Canal 1828. The tour shows how entrepreneurs and immigrants shaped the new village and how its fate was tied to the canal, its fortunes rising, then sinking as railroads eclipsed canals in the late nineteenth century. The walk views the rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes and churches built by the “melting pot” of nationalities that emigrated to Kingston’s waterfront area during the nineteenth century, and also discusses the area’s recent renaissance. Some uphill walking is involved. The Rondout District tour departs at 1pm from the Heritage Area Visitor Center, 20 Broadway. Fee: $10 adult; $5 child under 16. Free to FHK members.
For more information about the walking tours and other events visit www.fohk.org.
Group tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, call (845) 339-0720.
2016 Tour dates: May 28, June 24, July 30, Aug 27, September 24, October 29 – 1PM