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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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Philadelphia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

While we didn't have the time to stop and do an organized tour, we did at least walk down the street and carefully look at the homes from the exterior. My favorite was the old cemetery. It was scenic, though of course there wasn't much information there. It took about 30 minutes and I'd recommend at least looking if you... More

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided to go to the Huguenot Street homes in New Paltz at the last minute. We arrived about 3:30 pm and only the church and two home were open. There is a short video explaining the history of the Huguenots and their journey to the United States. We had a sit-down with the guide at the... More

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New Jersey
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161 reviews 161 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Seems odd to rate a street, but this one is truly historic! Worth a drive and a look, at the very least. You can park at the town lot and walk along the Wallkill River as well.

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Pittsford, NY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I was most pleasantly surprised at our tour of Huguenot Street. The few hours invested here were among the more memorable we spent in the lower Hudson Valley. A few houses were interpreted in the time and style by young actors, students at SUNY New Paltz's theatre program, and their period interpretations, as well as the tours of the other... More

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Cute and very peaceful. Even on a Saturday afternoon it was deserted. The fee is $15 to visit all the houses. There are people dressed in the time period costumes to explain the houses.

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NYC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I enjoyed my visit a lot. I had prepared briefly by reading some information on the internet. I would have liked a map with brief descriptions of the houses. I'm not entirely sure I believed all the information given by the guides. Some questions weren't answered and no resources were offered for further information. We were repeatedly (and somewhat scornfully)... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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260 reviews 260 reviews
11 attraction reviews
377 helpful votes 377 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had a great morning here, exploring the stone houses and others. We are interested in the history of the area and hadn't know about the French Huguenot settlement until recently. We also enjoyed the quietness of the whole area.

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Alexandria
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

the signage and promotion of this area isn't very good, but if you go to the visitor center you can get a "guided" tour. They tell you it's more "self-service" tour, but it's not. You'll start at the church and learn about the history of the area, then you'll go to a couple of different houses where they will meet... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have been to this before and was always delighted in my visits. It seems they have hired a new manager and he is in the process of ruining it. The museum shop, which I used to love, has been completely changed over and not for the better.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 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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