The Stone Houses of the Hudson Valley

  |  June 23, 2014
kingston senate house

Kingston’s Senate House

For a quick history lesson on 17th and 18th century stone houses, one need only venture as far as the St0ckade District in uptown Kingston. The neighborhood in the Ulster County city (which was also New York’s first capital) has many well-preserved examples of stone architecture such as the c.1676 Senate House (depicted above) and the Frantz Roggon House at 42 Crown Street. In fact, there are four stone houses at the corner of Crown and John Streets, one stop shopping, so to speak, for getting to know your local historical architecture. But old stone houses aren’t just on the National Historic Registry, potentially out of reach to those who long to live in one of these beauties. One of things that got us fired up about real estate in upstate New York is that there’s always a handful of these properties on the market, some rustic, untouched, and in various states of disrepair, others updated with modern touches, and still more kept carefully preserved in museum-like grandeur. This week, let’s take a stroll down history lane and explore just a taste of the old stone houses currently on the market here in the Hudson Valley.

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