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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.