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Historic Huguenot Street

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Address: 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone Number: 845-255-1889
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Description: Historic Huguenot Street is where this funky and fabulous town began. In...
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.
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Steeped in history of town and probably missed

I was only able to visit the area at night when everything was closed but it had an eerie feel to it. The church and a few homes were decorated for the holidays and the graveyard... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I was only able to visit the area at night when everything was closed but it had an eerie feel to it. The church and a few homes were decorated for the holidays and the graveyard spooky at night. So steeped in history, it warrants a second visit and is probably missed by most people coming in for dinner or... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This was the second time I visited the Historic Huguenot Street. The first time was quite a few years ago and I went on the self-guided tour which is still an option. With the self-guided tour you can not enter the buildings nor experience the period costumed performers(students from SUNY) relate the life stories of the Huguenot/Calvinists. The tour will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The staff is in period clothing , and give a taste of what it was like to live in the stone houses.This is a seasonal location with limited timely access. Tours are welcome and they have a small gift shop.

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New Paltz, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The folks at Huguenot St. have upgrade the experience. It has always been a unique and virtually unknown site. Now they have added a variety of tour guides who each give a different experience. If you are passing by it is worth a couple of hours to half a day. It is about 5 minutes from the Thruway exit with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

i just love the stone houses...i was not there this year but in the past years visited many times. during the summer months we enjoyed the tour of the houses. not sure when they do tours as i haven't gone this year. DO GO and enjoy tho!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Must see if you are in the Hudson River Valley. The Huguenot houses have the most MASSIVE ceiling beams and widest floor boards you have ever seen. It is clear that back in the late 1600's adn early 1700's trees were a LOT bigger than any trees you see today. The houses are so interesting and a number of costumed... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This area has a number of historic buildings and gives the feel of an old village. We didn't take the tour(s) that were available as we were short of time. But all the interesting buildings have signage outside giving brief history. For those taking a tour, there appeared to be guides dressed in period costume to show you round each... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We are from London and are used to a lot of history. Whilst visiting our friends, they took us on a car ride round this location and loved it so much that we cycled all the way from Rosendale to see it again on our own. It is so beautiful and we wish we could buy a house there!! There... More 

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Echuca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

If you want to know about the history of New Paltz this is the place to go. We paid the $15 to do the streets tour to get into the buildings and it was worth it because you can't see inside the buildings if you don't. 2 buildings had ladies who acted out in a character to get you in... More 

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Syracuse
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We showed up at 3pm (place is open till 5pm), and the person at the desk told us we would have to skip a location. You visit the houses in a specific order, so he told us to skip the church, and directed us to what I assume is the second stop. The girl at the second stop was quite... More 

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