Another of our outings on our recent trip to the east coast was to visit a small town located in Ulster County, Hudson Valley, New York....the historic town of New Paltz.
Huguenot Street, is a National Historic Landmark and the site of a collection of Colonial and early period stone houses owned and operated as historic house museums by the Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz, NY.
The Dubois House shown above was built in 1705 and was originally a fort....there are gun port holes at the end which you can see in the middle photo of the mosaic.
This is the Jean Hasbrouck house built in 1712... one of the old stone houses we toured....and some of the period furnishings inside.
A shot of the downtown town area of New Paltz...Huguenot Street is off to the right
This village of New Paltz was founded 1677 by 12 French Huguenot (protestant) families who fled political and religious persecution in Northern France.
Louis DuBois, Mr. AVO's 10th great grandfather, settled in Kingston and was caught up in the Esopus Indian wars with the Dutch in 1663. The Esopus Indians captured women and children as hostages and took them off to the south. Louis' wife and 3 children were among those taken hostage.
Louis joined a party of the Dutch who were out to rescue the captives and it was then that Louis saw the area that is now New Paltz that he determined to establish a Huguenot settlement on that land.
Louis became the acknowledged leader of the Huguenots and headed the party in the negotiations with the Esopus Indians for the purchase of the land. The DuBois family made up one fourth of the patentees as 2 of his sons were among those purchasing this land.
Monument at the entrance to Huguenot Street.
Louis DuBois' name at the top of the list of patentees and his sons are farther down on the list.
Louis' great grand daughter Elizabeth Van Meter Shepherd was the wife of the founder of Shepherdstown that I posted about here.
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