Senate House State Historic Site, NY
Historic Site Information
In the Fall of 1777, amidst the turmoil of a British military offensive, the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers convened in Kingston to form a new state government. The session, New York's first Senate, met in September and October in the simple stone house of Abraham Van Gaasbeek, a local merchant.

Probably built around 1680 by Wessel Ten Broeck, immigrant from Westphalia, the house was owned by Ten Broeck's descendants or their relatives until, in 1887, the State of New York paid $8,000 to acquire the property, which quickly became a central community museum. A two-story Museum Building was constructed in 1927 to house and display the site's burgeoning collection.

Now part of a complex of three buildings located on three acres in Kingston's historic Stockade District, the Senate House tells the story of New York's early government, and gives a taste of life and art in the Hudson Valley 200 years ago.

The treasures housed in its museum include major art works by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston, dating from the 1720s through the 1870s, as well as paintings by Ammi Phillips, Joseph Tubby, James Bard, and Thomas Sully.

The Senate House State Historic Site is now listed as a significant stop along the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Revolutionary War Trail.

Hours of Operation: April. 18th thru October. 31st, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Also open Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Site is open year-round by appointment.

Please call the site at (845) 338-2786 for directions or information.
Things To Do & See
Guided Tours
The Loughran House
When you visit the Senate House today, you will see a house that tells several stories. You will see a house that reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. You will also see where the first New York State Senate met and helped shape the newly created government. The 18th century objects in the kitchen shed light on how people prepared their food, and where it came from. Other rooms contain domestic furniture, portraits, and other objects that help explain how people in the colonial era lived, and how they entertained. Standing in the Senate room you will get a sense of the pressure faced by the founders, and their lasting impact felt today. The museum also contains three galleries that highlight the works of painters, John Vanderlyn, Ammi Phillips, James Bard, Thomas Sully, the Kingston born Joseph Tubby, and the Hudson River School artist Jervis McEntee.
Guided tours take you through the kitchen, family room, and parlor of an 18th century Dutch home and end in the room where the first New York State Senate met in 1777. Visitors will see a wide array of 18th century kitchen tools, domestic furniture, portraits, and impressive Dutch pieces such as a kas and a pottebank. Visitors will also learn about life in Kingston in the 18th century and Kingston’s role in the creation of the New York State government.
The Loughran House, named after its builder and first owner, is a Victorian style house built between 1872 and 1873. The site is used for various special events such as Victorian Teas hosted by the Friends of Senate House.
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