The Hurley Heritage Society offers private group tours, scheduled in advance, with a knowledgeable guide. For information and
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.