The Hurley Heritage Society offers private group tours, scheduled in advance, with a knowledgeable guide. For information and
reservations contact info@hurleyheritagesociety.org.

Self guided tours are available at any time. Below is a list with photos and descriptions of many of Hurley’s historic sites and buildings that individuals may see from the outside on their own or enjoy right here online. Main Street Hurley is compact and small enough for easy walking to view many of the historic locations, and other properties are only a short drive away.

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11 Main Street

Dutch Reformed Church 1853

Standing at the end of the old Main Street, the Church's traditional white spire is visible for miles around. Built in 1853, it replaces the original stone church erected in 1801 halfway up the street.  Some of the foundation stones are from the first church. The interior is in keeping with the early architecture: the pews were privately-owned, each having its own nameplate on the short doors which are still in place.

17 Main Street

Crispell House (Parsonage) 1790

Johannes Crispell acquired this property in 1725. He also built a barn to store his horse, cattle and grain. The house was built on the foundation of a smaller house. The original building contained two rooms and a hall. After 1798 a kitchen was added. Having no heirs to take over the farm, an aging John sold the house lot to the Hurley reformed Church in November of 1839 for $1,600.

Main Street

Dr. Richard TenEyck House 1780

This stone house was built ca. 1789 and is a two story center hall cottage with a stone lean-to, which served as a kitchen. The first and second floors are identical, a center hall with a stairway, flanked by a single room on each side. The fireplaces are centered on the end walls in each room. This house was built by Dr. Richard Ten Eyck as a wedding gift to his wife, just after the close of the Revolutionary War. The site for the house was given to the doctor by his father, Matthew Ten Eyck, as part of his inheritance. The house is located on the site of an earlier, smaller cottage. The lot dates from late 1662 to early 1663 when the original village was expanded.

Main Street

Bevier House 1730

The Bevier Family was one of the original settlers.

Main Street

DuMond House 1685

The VanEtten/Dumond (Spy) House, built prior to 1685, is one of the oldest colonial houses in the town. During October and November 1777 the house was used by the Continental army as a guard house for prisoners and a “spy” was held in the basement dungeon.Called the Guard House or Spy House, it was used to imprison the spy, Lt. Daniel Taylor, who was hanged from a sweet apple tree across the road.

Main Street
Photo by Carol Houghtaling Davis

Polly Crispell Cottage 1725

This house is an example of a mechanic's cottage. It was built by Anthony Crispell, a leather worker, about 1725, as a home and a work place. The cottage is a single room with an end-wall fireplace. The stone workroom was added about the time of the Revolution, probably as a replacement for a wooden structure. However, where the cottage has a basement, the workroom does not. The workroom was originally entered through a connecting doorway to the cottage. This cottage is on lot number one of the original village, right next to the Old Burial Ground. Lower level of this house was supposedly a blacksmith shop. In the chimneys were iron spikes that the Dutch believed would keep out witches.

Main Street

Elmendorf House late 1600's

Believed to be one of the oldest houses, known as the Half-Moon Tavern in Revolutionary Days.

52 Main Street

Col. Jonathan Elmendorf House Between 1783-1790

A relative, Conradt Elmendorf, married Arientze Von den Burgh VanBuren in 1704. Arientze's child by a previous marriage, Tobias VanBuren, was one of the forebears of President Martin VanBuren, born in Kinderhook near Albany. Purchased by the Hurley Heritage Society in September of 2000 for use as our Museum.

59 Main Street

Van Deusen House 1723

The Jan VanDeusen Jr. House was built in 1723 by Captain Jan. This house is one of the earliest rural Georgian cottages in the town. It served as temporary capitol of New York State during the Revolution. After the burning of Kingston, the Council of Safety met in the dining room from November 18th to December 17, 1777. Cadwallader Colden, the noted Tory, was confined here under house arrest that same year.

Main Street

Nieuw Dorp House 1730

A wheelwright used to live here. His wrighting stone is now a doorstep while a larger one covers the well.

Hurley Ave
Photo by Carol Houghttaling Davis

Houghtaling Tavern 1708

Now a private residence, in 1782 when it was a tavern, General George Washington was given a public reception here.

Hurley Ave

Besimer House 1795

Typical of a one-room Dutch stone house which has been added to over the years.

Hurley Ave

Abram Elmendorf House 1780

One of the last stone houses built, architecture is three-story English rather than Dutch.

Hurley Ave

Hardenberg House 1818

Last of the original stone houses built.

539 Hurley Ave

Schepmoes House 1804

Replaced the original house which was burned by the British in 1777. Built by one of the few Frencch Hugeuenots who settled here.

Schoolhouse Road

Col. Gerardus Hardenberg House 1750

Original grant for this land was conferred by King George II in 1750. Believed the famous Negro evangelist, Sojourner Truth, was a slave here in 1775.

Old Route 209

Houghtaling House 1715

The earliest traced property owner is Charles Wylei, a miller for the Town of Hurley. He owned a long stretch of property, of which this is a portion. He then sold a section of the property to Willem Van Vredenburgh April 12, 1712 for three pounds. On December 21, 1720, Willem sold to Gerrit Konstapol, a weaver, a lot with a stone house for 48 pounds, 15 shillings. Tax records show the house was build by Willem in 1715. It is thought that Gerrit built a room onto the cottage to use as his commercial weaver's room. Gerrit is the son of Egbert Garretsen and Marytje Hendricks. They had nine children, including Gerrit, born 1695.

Old Route 209

DuBois House 1747

Original one-room house was built in 1747 by Johannis DuBois and later expanded in 1780. At one time there was a tavern here.

Old Route 209

Hurley Patentee Manor - Cornelius Cool House

Combines a 17th century Dutch cottage (1696) and an 18th century English country manor (1745), one of the few of English design in the Hudson Valley.

Old Route 209

William P. Cole House late 1600's

The front door opens by a rare brass heart-shaped knocker and latch combination.

Evergreen Lane

Brink House 1745

Land was leased from the Governor under King Charles II in 1661 by Lambert Hybertse. In 1708, the son of Lambert assumed the name Brinck (Brink). The stone walls of the original house can be seen, the brick addition was added in 1842.

Wynkoop Road

Wyncoop House 1676

Land bought in 1663. First house built by 1676, later another house was built around the original. Col. Cornelius D. Wyncoop was killed by his slave in 1790.

Hurley Mountain Road

Captain Newkirk House before 1750

Located on a steep bank, it afforded natural protection for the early inhabitants.

Hurley Mountain Road

Mattys TenEyck House 1722

Original two rooms built in 1733, two more added and roof turned in 1750, and kitchen wing added in 1823. First water-powered sawmill built on this site. The dam is still in existence.

Hurley Mountain Road

Newkirk House 1770

Property was purchased jointly by Garrit Newkirk and Mattys TenEyck in 1709 for the purpose of erecting a mill. In 1712 Mr. TenEyck sold four acres, including the house, to Mr. Newkirk.

Hurley Mountain Road

Garrit Newkirk House 1769

Presumably built by Garrit Newkirk, the house has inscribed in stone over one of the doors "GNK 1769".

Old Hurley Burial Grounds

This Burial Ground is the oldest continuously-operated public cemetery in Ulster County. Burials have taken place here since the early 1700’s.  It contains many field stones, some of which are inscribed in the Dutch language, and very many with no inscriptions. This ground is in good condition. The earliest decipherable stone is dated 1715.

Photo by Carol Houghtaling Davis
Photo by Carol Houghtaling Davis
Photo by Carol Houghtaling Davis
Photo by Carol Houghtaling Davis