Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston has reopened its facilities for tours and museum visitors with health and social distancing guidelines to protect visitors and staff.
The Site’s buildings had been closed to the public since March due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing pandemic.
The site re-opened for visitors starting July 8th operating Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays, from 1 to 5 pm.
Visitors can experience a guided tour of the Senate House, the 18th century home of Abraham VanGaasbeek and the meeting place of the first New York State Senate in the midst of the American Revolution, as well as two floors of exhibits in the site’s museum building.
Tours are held on the hour, with the last tour leaving at 4 pm each day. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and children 12 years of age and younger are free.
In accordance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 and to facilitate proper social distancing, building capacity will be limited and six-foot social distancing required. Visitors are advised that face coverings must be worn inside the buildings. Visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer and to avoid touching common surfaces. Visitors experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms may not enter the buildings.
Senate House State Historic Site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information, call (845) 338-2786, or visit the Senate House State Historic Site Facebook page.
Photo of Senate House State Historic Site provided.