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A Walk Around the Resilient Rondout

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During a walk of this Hudson Valley neighborhood of city blocks and winding streets, hills and paths, architectural gems and eye-catching details, and waterfront setting, you can see, sense, and discover a microcosm of America’s past and present.

On three upcoming Saturdays during autumn, you can join in a Mindful Walker-themed walk, “A Walk Around the Resilient Rondout.” We’ll explore the Rondout and examine its incredible treasure of historic buildings, in the architectural design and details that both convey its varied chapters and are objects of beauty and craftsmanship. They include the former Village Hall and Cornell Firehouse, which villagers constructed after a great fire in 1849 swept through the art of the Rondout. Today, it is an inviting commercial space, its flower shop and gallery signifying the Rondout’s regeneration.

We’ll consider ways to understand the Rondout’s and Kingston’s past and present in walking the neighborhood and waterfront. It was home to Native Americans for centuries. It thrived in the boom times as a canal and river port through an industrial heyday of the 19th century and early 20th centuries. It became the home for various immigrant and ethnic groups who have been key to the Rondout’s history and culture.

Our exploring encompasses the 20th century to today. We’ll discuss the physical and psychic impact of the 1960s urban renewal program on the east side of Broadway, which rather than renew the neighborhood, decimated and reshaped a significant portion. Ultimately, it became a significant spark in the important work of preservation and resurgence. Also, we’ll touch on the Rondout’s life today as a hub of culture, history, enterprise, and neighborhood and civic spirit. During the walk, we’ll learn stories of bluestone tycoons, canal and ship builders, artists, architects, workers, reformers, and activists.

Mindful Walker tours aren't a lecture but an experience, inviting your observations and questions as we walk.

Come and enjoy an autumn walk of Kingston’s Rondout!

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You can choose one of three autumn Saturdays to take this tour (Oct. 21, Nov. 4, or Nov. 18). Each walk will be from 2-4 p.m. (with a mid-walk brief break). The cost is $20 per person.

Be advised that the walk includes some hilly terrain but will proceed at a leisurely pace.

The tour will depart at 2 p.m. Meet beforehand on the sidewalk outside of the Ulster County Tourism Visitors Center, at 20 Broadway.

A social hour for those who wish to gather will follow the walk at a local establishment in the Rondout.


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