Ports

Kingston (US) - USA, NY

Kingston is a small city of about 25,000 people that lies 90 miles north of New York City geographically, but is a world away in terms of lifestyle and ambience. During the 19th century, it was one of the river's most vital ports, with barges, steamboats, and ferries between New York City and the Upper Hudson crowding its riverbanks. Today, it is the centre of distribution for the fruits and dairy products produced on the farms that lie adjacent to the river. View its handsome examples of 17th and 18th century Dutch stone houses, quality antiques shop, and a church described by Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park, as "ideally perfect." Here too is the historic Hudson River Maritime Museum. Nearby you can visit Montgomery Place, the ancestral home of a branch of New York's prominent Livingston family, or travel to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum at Hyde Park, where Roosevelt was born on his family's estate in 1882. It is now a National Historic Site. While there, visit Eleanor Roosevelt's home along the Hudson, Val-Kill, the only home Eleanor ever called her own and her sanctuary until her death in 1962.