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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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Pittsford, NY
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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256 reviews 256 reviews
10 attraction reviews
368 helpful votes 368 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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178 helpful votes 178 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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