The Historic Old Dutch Church
272 Wall Street
Kingston, New York 12401
*Note from the Blogger: this church is where every year the ‘Sinterklass Committee’ has there annual fundraiser. The inside is beautifully decorated for the holidays and the food is wonderful. Check out the Sinterklaas Rhineback, NY website for more special events.
Founded in 1659, the Old Dutch Church is often referred to as “Kingston’s Cathedral”. The present structure was designed by Minard LeFever and built in 1852. Architect Calvert Vaux said of this design, “I cannot change a thing without impairing the exquisite unity. It’s ideally perfect.”
Organized in 1659:
*Sixth Oldest Reformed Church in North America.
*Archives containing Baptism and Marriage Records dating back from 1660 to present.
*The Land on which the church stands was a gift from Peter Stuyvesant.
*Fifty Reformed Churches in the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania trace their roots to Old Dutch Church, Kingston.
*The ancient churchyard is the resting place of 1400 early settlers, including 77 Revolutionary War veterans and first New York Governor and two time Vice-President, George Clinton.
*Inside in the church: the magnificent Tiffany Window above the pulpit; bronze angels and the spectacular Moeller Organ.
*Visitation site of both Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Tours and information talks given by Old Dutch Church guides are available by appointment.
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30am
Church office Hours 10:00am-3:00pm weekdays (845) 338-6759
*Disclaimer: this information was taken from the Old Dutch Church pamphlet. The church is the site of the annual fundraiser for the Sinterklass festival every November. Please check out the Sinterklass festival calendar every year for updates. The church cemetery is worth the visit alone with all the unique and historical people buried here.