Ulster County invites you to the Persen House, one of our oldest, most significant buildings. This house has witnessed so many important moments in Ulster County’s history. It was burnt at least twice, saw wars and revolution and was home to doctors, tailors, grocers, druggists and innkeepers. As you walk through the House, you walk through time. Please join us at the Persen House located at 74 John Street, Kingston, New York 12401 and let us take you on a tour!
The Persen House, named after its longest resident Matthewis Persen (1739-1819), and owned by Ulster County since 1914, has undergone extensive restoration since emergency repairs in 1999 revealed its historical significance. A Historic Structure Report discovered that it was built in five phases from 1661 to 1922. The house has witnessed the entire history of Kingston and even pre-dates the formation of Ulster County, so by touring the house, guests learn many important aspects of our local history!
Historical Societies and Cultural Groups from around the county have lined up to host the site on Kingston Market Saturdays. The Ulster County Historical Society will start off the season and other hosts this season include the Ontario & Western Napanoch Train Station Museum, the American Native Association - Red Feather Singers, the Saugerties Historical Society, the Wittenberg Center, the Empire State Railway Museum, Friends of Historic Kingston, Save Native Sites and the Hurley Heritage Society, just to name a few. Please see the Schedule of Events for all activities taking place at the House this season.
Nina Postupack, Ulster County Clerk is sponsoring an exhibit, Primary Documents filed by or about George Clinton, 11th County Clerk of the County of Ulster. This exhibit coincides with the 200th anniversary of the passing of George Clinton. Accompanying the exhibit is a film produced by the Friends of Historic Kingston, titled, George Clinton: Founding Father of New York State and the Nation and photographs relating to George Clinton belonging to City of Kingston Historian Edwin Ford.
In addition, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is opening an exhibit at the Persen House titled, Rondout Revisited, which highlights the three stages in history of the Rondout. The three phases highlighted in the exhibit include Circa 1820, Circa 1914 and The Urban Renewal Years.
The house is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 2pm from May 26, 2012 through September 1, 2012. Then Saturdays from 10am to 2pm up through November 10, 2012. Admission is free so please join us at the Persen House!
For further information about this and other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk's Office or if you are interested in guest hosting at the House please call Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040.