Burning of Kingston

Burning of Kingston Historical reenactments, grand ball, bucket brigade contests, cemetery ghost tours and much more over 3 days commemorating the 1777 Burning of Kingston NY
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The Burning of Kingston is a fun and free weekend-long commemoration with reenactments of actual historical events of 1777. The weekend program also includes a colonial grand ball, cemetary ghost tours, bucket brigade contests, exhibitions, militia and redcoat camp drills and tours, games and more at locations throughout the beautiful city of Kingston New York during the height of leaf-peeping season. This is the 20th anniversary of the biennially-held event.

The new Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run website is live! showing the planned route and additional details.  M...
02/05/2020
The Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run

The new Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run website is live! showing the planned route and additional details. More updates will be provided in the future.
The Capital to Capital event is presented by the Rotary Club of Kingston, with event organization support by the Shawangunk Runners! C2C is also supported by the Hurley Heritage Society and Friends of the Senate House as well as the City of Kingston and Town of Hurley.
Thank you!
http://burningofkingston.com/capitaltocapitalrun/

The Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run is a commemorative 5k run between Kingston and the Town of Hurley, tracing the trail of colonial refugees fleeing the British soldiers who burned the city down during the American Revolutionary War in 1777. At the time the New York State Capital was mov...

ANNOUNCINGThe Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital RunSunday October 18, 2020From Kingston to Hurley New YorkThe Burni...
01/13/2020

ANNOUNCING
The Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run
Sunday October 18, 2020
From Kingston to Hurley New York

The Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital Run is a commemorative 5k run between Kingston and the Village of Hurley, tracing the trail of colonial refugees fleeing the British soldiers who burned the city down during the American Revolutionary War in 1777. At the time the New York State Capital was moved from Kingston to Hurley. Starting at the Senate House (the first NYS capital) in Uptown Kingston and finishing at the Van Deusen House on Main Street in Hurley (where the capital was moved), the run is both a "fun run" as well as timed for running enthusiasts. Runners will be greeted in Hurley with the annual Hurley Heritage Day.

More details to come.

Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, & the Legacies of the American Revolution Lecture by Robb K. Haberman, Ph.D., seni...
10/18/2019

Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, & the Legacies of the American Revolution
Lecture by Robb K. Haberman, Ph.D., senior associate editor of The Selected Papers of John Jay, a seven-volume project located at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
3:00pm
Old Dutch Church
Free and open to the public

Burning of Kingston Bucket Brigade Contest!Fun for ALL AGES!The Burning of Kingston's favorite firefighting contest is b...
10/18/2019

Burning of Kingston Bucket Brigade Contest!
Fun for ALL AGES!
The Burning of Kingston's favorite firefighting contest is back! Test your mettle in this 18th Century Bucket Brigade, held at the Volunteer Firemen's Hall & Musuem.
Free & Fun for all ages!!
Sign UP for the contest starts at 1:30pm Saturday. Contest Starts at 2pm at the Ulster Savings Parking Lot next to the Volunteer Firemen's Hall & Museum on Fair Street between John and Main Street Uptown Kingston.

Friends of Historic Kingston
10/18/2019

Friends of Historic Kingston

Visit the Johnston House and the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery this weekend during the Burning of Kingston Event. We will be open 11-4 Friday and Saturday with a colonial lady to greet you and a special poster display about the Burning.

Colonial Grand Ball this Saturday! its free and dance lessons offered at 7:30 - learn how to dance to the REAL oldies......
10/17/2019

Colonial Grand Ball this Saturday! its free and dance lessons offered at 7:30 - learn how to dance to the REAL oldies...!

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!EVENT SCHEDULECommemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning...
10/16/2019

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!
EVENT SCHEDULE
Commemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning, dance like its 1777 at the Grand Ball, take in ghostly tales from 1777, and find out more about Kingston's unique heritage!
For more info: http://www.burningofkingston.com

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!EVENT SCHEDULECommemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning...
10/16/2019

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!
EVENT SCHEDULE
Commemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning, dance like its 1777 at the Grand Ball, take in ghostly tales from 1777, and find out more about Kingston's unique heritage!
For more info: http://www.burningofkingston.com

Friday, October 18th

6:30 PM
Introduction by Paul O’Neill, Ulster County Commissioner of Jurors
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary
Start the weekend commemorative events by hearing the REAL history of what happened in Kingston October 1777.

7:00 PM
Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary
Enjoy Tonianne Fleig's documentary film exploring the history of the Burning of Kingston and the re-enactor experience.

Saturday, October 19th

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Harambee and Kingston Land Trust: Special Exhibit Open House
The Matthewis Persen House
A special exhibit presented by Harambee & The Kingston Land Trust

11:00 AM -4:00 PM
NEW!
Special Exhibit - The List of Sufferers
Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at the Fred J. Johnston House
Exhibit detailing the loss of property by Kingston home and business owners. Tours of the gallery.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The 18th Century Autumn Festival
The Senate House
Exhibits showing activities performed by colonists during the autumn season. Demonstrations include apple pressing, making beeswax candles, blacksmithing, and militia and red coat exhibitors! and more.

12:30 PM
NEW!
Harambee and KLT Talk - Seen but Not Heard: Slavery in Ulster County during the Revolution
The Matthewis Persen House
Learn about the experience of enslaved people during Colonial times at an informative talk.

1:30 PM
Sign up for the bucket brigade at Volunteer Firemen’s Museum

2:00 PM
NEW!
A special processional march to Pine St. Burial Grounds , accompanied by choir singers/hymns.
The Matthewis Persen House to Pine St. Burial Grounds presented by Harambee and Kingston Land Trust.

2:00 PM
The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
Volunteer Firemen’s Museum
Test your meddle and help to put out the flames in an 18th century style Bucket Brigade contest! sign up is at 1:30 at the museum. All ages welcome!

3:00 PM
Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution Lecture
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary
Robb K. Haberman, Ph.D of Columbia University will lead a lecture at the Old Dutch Church Sanctuary.

7:00 PM
Theatre on the Road Living History Cemetery Tour
The Old Dutch Church
Come see your favorite historical characters of Kingston reliving their tales of October 1777. $15 pp, $10 for students and seniors. $1 for kids 12 and under.

7:30 PM
Colonial Ball Beginner’s Instruction
The Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall
Free dance lessons provided at the Old Dutch Church's Bethany Hall

8:00 PM
Colonial Grand Ball
The Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall
The closing event is a specatuclar Colonial Ball at the Old Dutch Church's Bethany Hall. Come dressed in 18th century attire (or not!) and dance to the real oldies! Live music, English Country dancing and refreshments will be provided. Free and fun for all ages!

Additional info:
https://kingston-ny.gov/burningofkingston

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!Commemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning, and find out...
10/15/2019

Burning of Kingston Starts Friday!
Commemorate Kingston's history, discover new perspectives on the Burning, and find out more about Kingston's unique heritage!
For more info: http://www.burningofkingston.com

SCHEDULE

Friday, October 18th

6:30 PM
Introduction by Paul O’Neill, Ulster County Commissioner of Jurors
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary

7:00 PM
Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary

Saturday, October 19th

11:00 AM -4:00 PM
Special Exhibit
Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at the Fred J. Johnston House

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The 18th Century Autumn Festival
The Senate House

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Harambee and Kingston Land Trust: Special Exhibit Open House
The Matthewis Persen House

12:30 PM
Harambee and KLT Talk - Seen but Not Heard: Slavery in Ulster County during the Revolution
The Matthewis Persen House

2:00 PM
Harambee and KLT Processional March, accompanied by choir singers/hymns
The Matthewis Persen House to Pine St. Burial Grounds


1:30 PM
Sign up for the bucket brigade

2:00 PM
The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
Volunteer Firemen’s Museum

3:00 PM
Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution Lecture
The Old Dutch Church, Sanctuary

7:00 PM
Theatre on the Road Living History Cemetery Tour
The Old Dutch Church

7:30 PM
Colonial Ball Beginner’s Instruction
The Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall

8:00 PM
Colonial Grand Ball
The Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall

Additional info:
https://kingston-ny.gov/burningofkingston

City of Kingston
10/09/2019
City of Kingston

City of Kingston

Check out this interactive map with Burning of Kingston events! See you next weekend!

Friends of the Senate House Harambee Kingston NY Matthewis Persen House. Old Dutch Church, Kingston, New York Friends of Historic Kingston The Kingston Land Trust Volunteer Firemen's Museum-Kingston NY Theatre on the Road

The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York presents it's 5th annual living history cemetery tour.Your one hour tour begi...
09/30/2019
cemetery tours

The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York presents it's 5th annual living history cemetery tour.
Your one hour tour begins in October 1777 and highlights the aftermath of the Burning of Kingston.

Dominie George Jacob Leonard Doll,
a minister who was an outspoken proponent of Kingston's liberation from the British.
John Jay,
the first Chief Justice of the United States who once resided in Kingston.
Benjamin and Becky Low,
a well-meaning couple who took in a British spy.
Governor George Clinton,
alerted Kingston of the British assault.
Sarah Du Mont and Peter Van Gasbeeck,
resided in what became the Senate House.
Mary Westbrook van Deusen,
a 19th century figure tells the story of her grandmother, Rachel Dumont.

Tickets may be purchased online:
http://www.theatreontheroad.com/cemetery-tour.html

"What a fun event! I was sad when it was over. I wanted to hear more stories of the people who once walked the same Kingston streets that we do! GO SEE THIS ! It is definitely family friendly. It's not a "spooky" tour. It's historical."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 26, 20192019 Burning of Kingston Schedule Released KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pl...
09/26/2019
The Burning of Kingston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2019
2019 Burning of Kingston Schedule Released

KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Burning of Kingston commemorative event has been released. The City of Kingston, alongside several local organizations, will be sponsoring and supporting the two-day event, which will include:

Friday, October 18
6:30pm Introduction by Paul O’Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary at the Old Dutch Church
7:30pm The Great Debate Committee of Safety Meeting reenactment at the Old Dutch Church

Saturday, October 19
11:00am-4:00pm Special Exhibit at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at Fred J. Johnston House
11:00am-3:00pm The 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House
12:30pm Harambee Speaker and Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House
2:00pm The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
3:00pm Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by Robb K. Haberman at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Theatre on the Road’s Living History Cemetery Tour at the Old Dutch Church
8:00pm Colonial Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall

The Senate House will be hosting its Autumn Festival, which will include reenactment of 18th century camp life such as demonstrations of apple cider pressing, meat smoking, hearthside cooking, dipping candles, making dried apple wreaths and cornhusk dolls.

New additions to the Burning of Kingston include Harambee Kingston’s special exhibit on display at the Persen House, and a lecture on Saturday that will discuss enslaved persons during the Revolutionary War and in Kingston during the burning. The lecture will be preceded and followed by singing of African hymns, and there will be a march to the Pine St. African Burial Ground where a ceremony will be held.

“We are excited about the Burning of Kingston event and are appreciative of our partnerships old and new – from the Senate House’s Autumn Festival, where we can see what life was like in 1777, to the important addition of new voices,” said Mayor Noble. “We look forward to a fun and meaningful commemoration.”

There are several volunteer opportunities and the public is encouraged to participate. The 2019 Burning of Kingston is looking for volunteers as well as those who would like to be involved in the reenactment of the Committee of Safety Meeting on Friday, October 18. If you are interested in being an event volunteer or a costumed reenactor, please contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or [email protected]. Limited costumes are available to borrow.

Visit www.burningofkingston.com or www.kingston-ny.gov/burningofkingston for more information and other ways to participate.

The Burning of Kingston is a fun two-day event that commemorates historical events that happened in 1777 in Kingston during the American Revolutionary War. This biennial event enters its 22nd year and includes numerous activities, reenactments, events, exhibits, film screening, lectures, ghost walks...

Hey young writers! The City of Kingston and the Kingston Times are teaming up for an essay contest and the winner will h...
09/14/2019
Burning of Kingston writing contest!

Hey young writers! The City of Kingston and the Kingston Times are teaming up for an essay contest and the winner will have their work printed in this newspaper! The contest is open to youth ages 9-13 who live in the Kingston City School District. (Entrants can also be private or parochial school students, or be homeschooled students.) Entries can be an essay, a poem or a fictional story related to the 1777 burning of Kingston by British troops.

Hey young writers! The City of Kingston and the Kingston Times are teaming up for an essay contest and the winner will have their work printed in this newspaper! The contest is open to youth ages 9-13 who live in the Kingston City School District.

When the Brits took over from the Dutch in Aug. 26, 1664.  It was not quit so simple an affair.....
08/26/2019
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

When the Brits took over from the Dutch in Aug. 26, 1664. It was not quit so simple an affair.....

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and in some cases were abl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe 2019 Burning of Kingston is ON.Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19th.Hosted by the City of K...
08/17/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 2019 Burning of Kingston is ON.
Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19th.

Hosted by the City of Kingston, the event is supported by local volunteers, museums and organizations including the Old Dutch Church, Senate House, Persen House, Volunteer Firefighters Museum, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Harambee, Ulster Militias, and Raleigh Green Inc., and others. Events will present the history of events from 1777, display colonial life, presentations, activities, displays, Autumn Festival, and present a film documentary of the Burning of Kingston, and more. While this year no 'battle' reenactments will be taking place, The Burning of Kingston will still be a fun multi-event commemoration as well as celebration of Kingston's history.

STAY TUNED for details to come! and check the website for more on the actual historical events, maps, and more details: www.http://burningofkingston.com

"I believe the teaching of history to be more important than ever. History — if funded and taught well — can teach a tol...
01/31/2019
Why history education is central to the survival of democracy

"I believe the teaching of history to be more important than ever. History — if funded and taught well — can teach a tolerance for ambiguity. It can provide people with strategies to help them think through complex issues. "

In a time of populism and political polarization, children and young adults need to learn to think critically, with complexity and nuance. History, as a subject, is more important than ever.

"While understandable, the sharp national decline in studying the past should worry all of us, not just history professi...
01/05/2019
History Majors Are Becoming a Thing of the Past, Except in the Ivy League

"While understandable, the sharp national decline in studying the past should worry all of us, not just history professionals. Few history majors—and even fewer of those who take history courses while in college—become historians, but they do move on to become citizens. Knowledge of the past provides young people with a sense of place and a concept of temporal continuity, lessons to apply to the present and future, an interpretive framework and perspective for navigating the choppy global world."

In the last decade, the number of students majoring in history at the nation’s colleges has plummeted, and it seemingly has nothing to do with the job market.

Burning of Kingston's cover photo
01/02/2019

Burning of Kingston's cover photo

IMMEDIATE RELEASEFollowing the decision by many regional reenactor groups to attend other, better funded and supported e...
12/17/2018

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Following the decision by many regional reenactor groups to attend other, better funded and supported events during the same weekend, it is with great sadness that we announce that the planned 2019 and future Burning of Kingston events have been canceled until further notice. The decision was reluctantly arrived at by the all-volunteer organizing committee, a collection of local peer non-profit organizations and supporters.

Organizers wish to thank every supporting organization, and the citizens and visitors who attended. While this large-scale event will not take place, locally-based reenactors and militia will continue to host smaller events and continue to encourage the public to learn about local history, legends and lore.

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Disappointed in being denied the opportunity to ride the the trolley to watch the Landing of the British at Kingston Point park because it was not listed on the brochure that you should make reservations or pre purchase your tickets for this event.
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Great Event!!1 Lots of Fun!!