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.

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 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Also open Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.



296 Fair St.

Kingston, NY 12401


(845) 338-2786


Things to do and see

  • Museum

  • Art

  • Living history

  • Special programs

  • Significant historical features