Ulster County Real Estate is Brimming with Old Stone Houses and Historic Landmarks
by Tinsy Seche
on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 2:33pm.
When you’re in the real estate industry you see many a house from brand new construction with new energy efficient features and the latest styles and trends to very old historic properties, some of which are holding on for dear life and some are well loved and cared for and meticulously rehabilitated. As a real estate agent and a homeowner in Ulster County, New York, I am fortunate to discover an old stone house or an historic landmark every so often that I had not known about previously. I decided to do a little research and found that we have 163 sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Ulster County, New York. These beautiful and interesting sites range from the Stone Arch Bridge on Mill Street in Pine Hill to Perrines Bridge, the second oldest covered bridge, located on the Wallkill River in Rosendale. Some other sites of interest are the Saugerties Lighthouse built in 1869 on the Hudson River at the Esopus Creek, the Phoenicia Railroad Station on High Street in Phoenicia which is the surviving Ulster & Delaware Railroad Station., the Mt. Tremper Fire Observation Station, Opus 40 at Fite Road in Saugerties, the D & H Canal in High Falls and the Byrdcliffe Historic District AKA Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock just to name a few. But the “old stone houses” in Ulster County built in-large by the Dutch settlers are some of our most unique jewels. They are still today lived in and loved by their residents. I drive by “old stone houses” on a regular basis. On my trip to the office each day I pass through Marbletown and the small hamlets of Kripplebush, Stone Ridge and Old Hurley and I can think of at least a dozen or more old stone homes that I pass along the way. But sometimes we need to sit back and realize just how special we are here in Ulster County to have such beautiful pieces of history right in our own backyards. If you’re not fortunate enough to live in one of these precious antiques, then the area has several places to visit to enjoy this beautiful architecture. Some of the more well known are: The Senate House, built in 1676 at 296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY where the first New York State Senate convened its first meeting; the Hoffman House, built in 1658 at 94 North Front Street, Kingston, NY now a quaint restaurant in the Historic Uptown Kingston Stockade District; Main Street in Historic Old Hurley, settled in 1661 by the Dutch listed on the National Historic Landmarks – containing 10 old stone homes – many of which open to the public in July during “Old Stone House Day” and Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY established in 1678 is on the National Historic Landmark list which contains 7 stone houses from the early 1700’s and a 1717 reconstructed stone church. There will be several holiday affairs to take advantage of this December on Huguenot Street in New Paltz, such as: Christmas at Deyo House 6:30-7:30 pm on December 5th, also on December 5th from 11am to 3pm there will be Christmas Quest as well as photos with Vintage Santa. So, instead of rushing by these old gems in an attempt to get to the mall this holiday season, slow down and take a look around and enjoy the history behind all that there is to see right here in Ulster County!