Friday, October 3, 2008

Huguenot history

The story of the Huguenots is an important part of our region's early history. Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz is a good introduction to that story, which began in 1678 when 12 French-speaking Huguenots settled on the banks of the Wallkill River. Today, Historic Huguenot Street has seven original stone houses dating to 1705, a burying ground and a reconstructed 1717 stone church which offer green space and public programs.

A concert by composer and concert pianist Clifford Smith celebrating the Huguenot influence in America is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 17 at the Reformed Church on Huguenot Street in New Paltz, and will benefit the Historic Huguenot Street and the church. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and are available from the Reformed Church, which can be reached at 845-255-6340, or at Historic Huguenot Street, 845-255-1660. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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