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Historic Huguenot Street

81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
845-255-1889
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in New Paltz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Historic Huguenot Street is where this funky and fabulous town began. In 1678, a small band of French-speaking Huguenots set out to create a place of... more » Owner description: Historic Huguenot Street is where this funky and fabulous town began. In 1678, a small band of French-speaking Huguenots set out to create a place of their own. They named that community New Paltz. Today, six-acre this National Historic Landmark District preserves their charming stone houses, all of which are open to the public. Central to the site is the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, built in 1705. Today it houses exhibition galleries, a Museum Shop and offers a shady spot to sit and enjoy. Grounds open and special programs offered year-round. Walk-in guided tours offered May through October every day except Wednesday. Also offered on weekends in November and December. « less
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The entire street, while open to car travelers, is walker-friendly and is restored or being restored to it's original glory. We are descendants of one of the first families and a very knowledgeable and amiable docent was engaged to give us a private tour of the house, on absolutely no notice on our parts. I'll definitely be back to spend... More

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Alameda, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

There are very few places in the US where you can learn about colonial era settlements that are not complete recreations. Huguenot Street is one. Homes built before our nation's first birthday. Lovely place just to stroll and take photos even when the houses are not open for tours. The little church next to the LeFevre house is a recreation,... More

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New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

As the description and other reviews have stated, Huguenot street is a street in New Paltz with several buildings (and a cemetery) dating back to the 1600's. We decided to take a day trip to check it out, and I was thoroughly impressed by the attention to detail as well as the passion the guides seem to have for the... More

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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95 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is an actual street where the 12 original French Huguenots (1677) and then their many descendants lived for many years. We spent four and a half hours here and could have used more time. We first watched an 8 minute film. Then we took the tour and it was worth every penny ($15.00 each). For this fee we also... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Other reviews will allude to the fascinating history of the early French settlers, but even if this was not a national historic landmark, it would still be worth the visit. The stone buildings, the simple landscaping and the quiet atmosphere near the river and bird sanctuary make this a lovely walk. Add to this an almost forgotten part of history... More

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East Islip, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

With both of my kids going to school up in New Paltz, I have always wanted to visit Huguenot Street and learn more about the early settlers. It was well laid out, yet set in it's place without disturbing the feel of the town. Wonderfully preserved. Not touristy at all.

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Valley Stream
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just a short walk from Main St. is Huguenot St. and it's row of houses and a church that date back to the early 1700's. The Dubois House is a gift shop as well as the place to go to find out about tours. Here is a link to their site as well as phone numbers for information. www.huguenotstreet.org for... More

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wantagh, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Very interesting. You see life of settlers in the past. The architecture and kitchens were my favorite. Go on the tour.

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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I descend from two of the families who were founders of this town. It is a very interesting tour, but you do not have to take a tour. You are free to walk around and the town of New Paltz has really gotten a lot nicer since my first visit 15 years ago. I would recommend it if you like... More

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is not some reconstruction of colonial America. These are the real homes built by 17th century Huguenot settlers, among the oldest in the U.S. The street is so lovely you can just enjoy a pleasant stroll for free any time of day, any season, which as a resident of the area is what I do several times a year.... More

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