Since my husband and I are basically on lock-down, we try to walk at least once a day. On one of our daily walks, we followed the Rail Trail, and then turned back along Huguenot Street.
Historic Huguenot Street is a New Paltz landmark. The website states:
At our 10-acre National Historic Landmark District, visitors experience over 300 years of history across seven historic stone-house museums, a reconstructed 1717 French Church, the Huguenot community’s original burying ground, and a replica Esopus Munsee wigwam. Period rooms and exhibits tell the stories of a French Huguenot settlement as it evolved over time, and also reveal the history of the area’s Native and enslaved African peoples and Dutch settlers.
Go to the site below for more info:
These days, the houses on Huguenot Street are closed, of course, but it is enjoyable to walk among them and speculate on what life was like so many years ago.
Excavations are still going on at Huguenot Street. During the summer, college students intern on site, and younger kids attend site-based writing workshops. Too bad the scheduled events have had to be postponed. The 2020 calendar offered many juicy presentations, some commemorating one hundred years of women’s suffrage. Specialists were engaged to talk about the settlers use of the bounteous land.
All that aside, a walk along Huguenot Street is pleasant and rich in scenery.
And the reward at the end? A hot chai latte at Water Street Market (Photo below taken before everyone was seriously quarantined.)
My husband and I have loved to come to this spot and watch the people and dogs. It’s the closest thing to a Spanish plaza that New Paltz has to offer.
Hopefully, we’ll be enjoying it again, sometime in the future.