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“self-guided tour needs help”

Historic Huguenot Street
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in New Paltz
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 10-acre National Historic Landmark District includes a Visitor Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and an 18th-century burial ground that dates to the very first settlers. Huguenot Street also maintains an extensive archive that preserves early local history collections and family papers, along with a research library. See Huguenot Street come alive with fresh interpretations of the historic houses, tours across the settlement, and a diverse range of special programs year-round.
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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“self-guided tour needs help”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We arrived after the guided tours were over, so we tried the self-guided tour. The village is beautiful, and I was interested in learning about this persecuted religious minority, but the guide and the plaques just didn't provide enough information. The best exhibit was in the visitor center where the story about the Esopus tribe who sold the land to the Huguenot was told.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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82 reviews
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“Love the buildings”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I love the old buildings and architecture. New Paltz is such a cute town, you can walk around and shop and grab a bite then check out some historic sites. Perfect for an all day kind of outing.

Visited June 2013
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Connecticut
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72 reviews
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“History Saved”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

New Paltz, NY was found by twelve families. Unique is that most of the families' early stone houses are still here on Huguenot Street, the original 'Main Street' of New Paltz. Historic Huguenot Street is unique as the only museum site in the US that presents a collection of original houses in a village venue. Some, such as Williamsburg, are reconstructed based on research; others may present one historic house. A walk down Huguenot Street gives you the feeling of life in the 1700's. Knowledgeable docents provide tours of houses that are furnished in specific time periods; house interiors are thoughtfully presented, not a hodgepodge of old 'stuff'. The old French Church is reconstructed in its original location, adjacent to the cemetery where to original families are buried. There are tour options, so you can tour as few or as many houses as you wish. Parking is free as is walking the street. Tour fees are based on the number of houses visited. This is a worthwhile visit.

Visited October 2012
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Elmhurst, New York
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Picturesque”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

It is a hidden gem. Lots of history! Enjoy a stroll thru this beautiful historic street. U feel like u entered a different century once u turn the corner. Definitely plan to visit again!

Visited August 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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110 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“STEP BACK IN TIME”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to this location. The buildings have been carefully restored and the street itself is charming. It makes for an interesting walk and look back into the past and the story of the Huguenots.

Visited August 2013
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