In a previous blog entitled “Ulster County Real Estate is Brimming with Old Stone Houses and Historic Landmarks” I make mention of several of Ulster Counties many Historic Landmarks from New Paltz and High Falls in the southern part of the county to Woodstock and Phoenicia in the northwestern sector. Most of us can list a number of historic landmarks we view during our daily routines.
As one of the many Uptown Kingston business men and women who walk past the corner of Wall and Main Streets, I pass the Old Dutch Church on a regular basis with a walk to the bank or post office. Yet, I always enjoy passing that corner and viewing those reliable red tulips and flowering dogwood trees in the spring or the snow covered graveyard in winter months with the steeple reaching far into the blue sky.
The stacked bluestone church is not only beautiful but representative of architecture unique to our area. Putting aside the historical significance, it’s been a favorite spot for amateur and professional photographers alike. The history is easily read by slowing down and glancing at the many headstones hosting so many of the original historic names of individuals and families from the area.
I have appreciated the Old Dutch Church for many years from the exterior but have never had the opportunity to enter the old historic church. So, when invited to attend a recent Ulster County Chamber of Commerce mixer held at the church, I felt a bit of excitement to get the chance to view this incredible structure full of historic significance to our area. When I walked inside and took a look around, I was not disappointed. The architecture was graceful, elaborate yet not overdone.
The mixer was an enjoyable event with great food and a nice size showing of business people. During the mixer, we were told that the building was plagued with a long-time structural issue of which a resolution has been discovered and can now be addressed and with that, the Friends of Old Dutch Church, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to raising funds for the ongoing maintenance, restoration and preservation for this historic landmark in Kingston, NY was created.
So, if you appreciate the beauty and history that these lovely landmarks bring to your own community, I invite you to look into your favorite whether in Woodstock, Stone Ridge or Saugerties and see if there is anything you can do to help in the preservation of these unique and beautiful landmarks.