Historic Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was originally founded in 1894 by the descendants of the first settlers as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve what remained of their French and Dutch heritage. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
Historic Huguenot Street is fortunate to have an excellent archival collection, thanks to the forward-thinking nature of generations before us and the generosity of descendants and others interested in history. Our Archives, like our Library, focus on the history and genealogy of the settlers of the Hudson Valley — people from the low countries of Europe including French-speaking and Dutch families.
Historic Huguenot Street’s digital images on New York Heritage, and the metadata used to describe them, may include content and language that is upsetting. The original documents reflect the language and attitudes of the people who created them and are the products of their time. In describing these documents to aid researchers in discovering them, we make every effort to indicate where document titles, descriptions, personal names (especially those of enslaved people), and notes contain direct quotes from the originals. Thus, some metadata reflects original language that may be racist, sexist, ableist, or otherwise offensive. Historic Huguenot Street adheres to the subject headings established by the Library of Congress and updates such headings in our metadata as updates are issued by LoC.
PUBLIC ACCESS NOTE
Please note that not all documents held by the Historic Huguenot Street Archives are included in our digital collections. For the groups of documents currently online, including those of our partners in the New Paltz Historic Documents project (the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, the New Paltz Reformed Church, and the Town of New Paltz), information presented here is administered by HHS and is updated on an ongoing basis based on research conducted and/or verified by HHS curatorial staff. If you have corrections or additional information about a document or image that you would like to suggest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Huguenot Street is a member of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.