Historic Huguenot Street
Historic Huguenot Street is the oldest, authentic museum street in America. Dating to the 1677 colonial period, the museum tells the story of a pre- and post-united America through the eyes of French Huguenot immigrants and their descendants. Guests to Huguenot Street encounter engaging, relevant, and diverse tours and programs that highlight the rural life of a culturally diverse group of early settlers who came together to build an enduring community.
Backstory and Context
In 1678, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind.
Today, the 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 a 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.
During your visit to our innovative museum, you will get a rare glimpse into an authentic French and Dutch community with historic interpretations that span from the colonial period through the 20th century. You will see and learn about centuries of American history by walking on just one street.