One of the oldest buildings in Kingston, New York, the Matthewis Persen House Museum & Cultural Heritage Centerwill be the site of a Theatre on the Road living history program beginning in August. Visitors will meet historic characters from GRAVE INJUSTICE, Theatre on the Road's October living history cemetery tours at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston.

Appearances will be on the following Saturdays: August 12th, September 16th, October 7th, October 21st and October 28th from 10 am - 1 pm. Please join us!

Living History

at the 
Persen House

Governor George Clinton was an American soldier and statesman, and New York's first governor. Clinton warned the colonists about the Burning of Kingston by the British and he served as the fourth vice president of the United States.

Benjamin and Becky Low were farmers who lived on Wall Street. Prior to the Burning of Kingston they took in a British spy. 

Alice Astor was an American socialite and patron of the arts based in Rhinebeck. 

"This is an incredible experience! Watch as history comes to life through the amazing and talented cast of Theatre on the Road. Wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Thank you Frank Marquette, Murder Cafe and Theatre on the Road for all the great shows! I love them all." - Cheryl DeForest, Kingston, NY

Arthur Cozine was a silent film director and actor whose father opened the outdoor Airdrome Theater in Rhinebeck. He was a veteran of both World Wars.

The Old Dutch Church Cemetery Tours

Kingston, New York


Take a trip back to 1827 and meet six historic characters who were part of the abolitionist movement. They will include Sojourner Truth, her attorney and son Peter. A local judge, solider and townsfolk will enlighten you on their time period and experiences with this significant issue.

Saturdays in October at 7 pm
(Accessible for guests with special needs)
 $15 Adults, $10 Students, $8 Seniors and 12 and under.

Group rates available.

Living History Tours 2023

The Historical Society of Woodstock


Mystery at the Art Colony

A fundraiser and Victorian era whodunit.

It's 1902 and you're invited to dine at the new Byrdcliffe Art Colony. You’ll socialize with Ralph Whitehead and his wife Jane Byrd McCall. Artist Bolton Brown and hotelier Elizabeth Reynolds will also be present along with college professor Percy Longfellow. You'll be fussed over by a loyal butler and a fortune-hunting maid. Katherine Kerry, a local writer, observes much more than merriment and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. Whodunit and why?

Saturday, September 9th at 3.00 PM

Sunday, September 10th at 3:00 pm
The Comeau Property, Woodstock

Sojourner Truth was an American abolitionist of New York Dutch heritage and a women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.

"What a fun event! I was sad when it was over. I wanted to hear more stories of the people who once walked the same Kingston streets that we do! GO SEE THIS ! It is definitely family friendly. It's not a "spooky" tour. It's historical."

-MARY TARCZA, Kingston, NY

LeGrand Curtis was an early Rhinebeck coffin and furniture maker. 

NOTE: We have set up another website, for our history and cemetery tour ticket purchases. We have made it easy for you to submit the number of tickets you need and your tour date with a credit card. We will automatically receive an email confirmation. If you have any questions or need help call 845-475-7973. 

Our histories are no longer buried. The spirits have voices and we are giving you an opportunity to listen to them. Meet a few characters from the Hudson Valley's rich past. You'll be glad you did.

The Rhinebeck Cemetery Tours

Rhinebeck, New York

Tales from the Underground

Meet six characters who contributed heavily to Rhinebeck's rich history.

Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th at 3 pm

(Accessible tour on Saturday, October 14th at 1:30 pm)
Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th at 3 pm

 $15 Adults, $10 Students, $8 Seniors and 12 and under.