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Senate House State Historic Site

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296 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Latitude 41.935143
Longitude -74.018608

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 formation of New York State, 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. The museum also includes the site's popular new exhibit; "Kingston Stockade: New Netherlands' Third City," discussing Kingston's early history.

Hours of Operation

  • Group tours are offered year-round, but must be scheduled in advance.

    Site grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
  • April 15 through October 31
    Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
    Also open from 1pm-5pm on Memorial Day and Independence Day.

    Site is open year-round by appointment.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Tour of Senate House and Museum Admission
  • Adult - $7
    Sr (62+) - $5
    12 & under - free
    Group Tours - $5 per person
    School Program - $5 per person

Sat 15 Oct
18th Century Autumnfest
Saturday, October 15, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Senate House State Historic Site
As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to change color, it can only mean one thing. It is time for Senate House State Historic Site's annual 18th Century Autumnfest event! The event will show visitors some common 18th century activities that would help to prepare for winter for the colder months, and even let visitors try their hand a few of them! Visitors can learn how to dip their own candles and press their own apples. They will also be able to watch blacksmiths at their craft, see hearthside cooking, and visit re-enactors from the 3rd Ulster Militia depicting what camp life was like in the 18th century. There will also be seasonal crafts and an entertaining show for children of all ages to enjoy. All event activities are free of charge. In addition, the site will be offering guided tours of Senate House, the 18th century home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek and the meeting place of the first New York State Senate. These tours will be provided at the usual rate, $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, and children age 12 and under are free. For further information please call 845-338-2786, visit the New York State Parks website at: or find us on Facebook at:

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Re-enactments (Accessible)
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center