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Panoramas: Middle Valley
Huguenot Street - Old Fort

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Huguenot Street is a living museum and collection, constantly being improved, updated and developed to more fully represent the history and culture of New Paltz. More than just a collection of dead stone houses, the Huguenot Historical Society sponsors continuing research and preservation of the houses it cares for.

Here you can see students from a local university carefully sifting through the many layers of history in this three hundred year old settlement. Just beneath the facade of grass lie centuries of deposit starting with prehistoric Native American encampments right up to the present day. Old tin cans sit atop centuries old pottery shards. Discovering and interpreting this wealth of historical artifacts is the challenge of Huguenot Street.

The imposing stone wall before you is the south wall of the Bevier-Elting House. This close up view shows you the intense labor required to erect these massive stone walled homes.

Across the road is what is known as "The Fort", also known as the DuBois House. Built in 1705, this structure served as both Fort against the unknown as well as a private residence. Over the centuries it has been a tavern, restaurant and rooming house.

 
 
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