The Old Dutch Church Cemetery Tours

272, Wall Street, Kingston, New York

Travel back to October 1777 and meet six historic women that survived the Burning of Kingston. Their personal stories will give you a different perspective on our history.

The Burning of Kingston

Saturdays in October at 7 pm
This one hour cemetery tour is accessible and appropriate for all ages.
 $15 Adults, $10 Students, $8 Seniors and 12 and under.

Group rates available. For tickets CLICK HERE.

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.

Living History Tours & Programs 2024

As part of the BURNING OF KINGSTON ceremonies that will be conducted in Kingston's historic Stockade area on Saturday, October 14th, Theatre on the Road's cemetery tour will be free. Pre-registration is not required. For details on the weekend's events, including the cemetery tours visit:

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.

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

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

LeGrand Curtis was an early Rhinebeck coffin and furniture maker. 

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.

"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

Special FREE tour on Saturday, October 14th at 7 pm

"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

Living History

at the 
Persen House

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.

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. 

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 1777 and the Burning of KIngston, 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!

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