The city of Kingston, New York began as two communities: Wiltwyck, the uptown area within a stockade, and Rondout located on the creek. In 1872, the two villages were incorporated as the City of Kingston. Land located between both villages, now midtown, was selected as the site on which to build the City Hall, an Italian Gothic building that opened in 1875 and still serves as the seat of government.
Scope of Collection
The collection features Kingston buildings, city life, and street scenes photographed in the 1880-1920’s from the archives of the Friends of Historic Kingston. It includes images from Kingston's unique neighborhoods, including the Stockade District, the Rondout, and Midtown.