Last updated: 4/30/2011
New Paltz, New York
Street Address
81 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
Mailing Address
81 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
phone: 845-255-1660
e-mail: info@huguenotstreet.org
web: www.huguenotstreet.org
Hours
May:
The grounds of Historic Huguenot Street are open to the public 365 days a year. The DuBois Fort Visitor Center is open May through December.
Sunday, Saturday10:30 AM - 5 PM
June through October:
Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday10:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesdayclosed
November and December:
Sunday, Saturday11 AM - 3 PM
Staff
Eric Roth, Director
Description

Historic Huguenot Street is a National Historic Landmark District featuring seven unique stone houses dating to the early 1700s, a burial ground and a reconstructed 1717 stone church, all in their original village setting. Our six landscaped acres are surrounded by a riverside nature preserve, yet just steps from the shopping and dining of downtown New Paltz.

Walk-in guided tours are offered during the scheduled Visitor Center hours shown above. A guided tour is the only way to see and experience the interiors of our restored museum houses.

Our goal at Historic Huguenot Street is to ensure that every guest has a stellar experience. In addition, we strive to make that guests expectations are consistently met or exceeded. If you have a particular interest, please make sure that your guide knows. Guides are trained to tailor tours based on guests' requests.

Guides are thoroughly trained before they lead a tour. Many of our full-time staff, including curators, lead tours as part of their commitment to the site and the public. Guides are educated about the "back story" of Historic Huguenot Street — the events and forces that led this small group of French-speaking Protestants to travel halfway around the world in search of the possibility of a better life. Guides are not expected to deliver a verbatim script. They work from a framework that allows them to respond to guests' questions and interests.

If you would like to see the houses of Historic Huguenot Street at a time that we are not generally open, please contact Angela Canepa, Education, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at angela@huguenotstreet.org or 845 255-1660, ext. 105. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Whether you’re planning your wedding, a party, a business luncheon or a day-long workshop, Historic Huguenot Street has a number of unique and affordable locations from which to choose that you and your guests will appreciate and remember.

History

In 1678, a small but brave group of French-speaking Huguenot refugees from what is today southern Belgium and northern France set out to create a community of their own — and so began an American Story that continues today.

Their search led them to the Esopus Indians, with whom they negotiated the purchase of 40,000 acres in what we know as New York's Mid-Hudson Valley. This final stop on their journey they named New Paltz. Here on the banks of the Wallkill River in the shadow of the Shawangunk Mountains, they toiled and their families thrived. Around the community they started, a special and diverse village grew.

That special and diverse village is New Paltz, an eclectic, free-thinking town that attracts people from throughout the northeast, the United States and the world. Just like the Huguenots over 300 years ago, people are drawn to the natural beauty and the opportunity of area. Key to understanding and appreciating this singular place is a visit to Historic Huguenot Street, where it all began.

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