Learn the history of the Ulster County Courthouse

Ulster County Courthouse on Wall Street in uptown Kingston (photo by Julie O'Connor)

Ulster County Courthouse on Wall Street in uptown Kingston (photo by Julie O’Connor)

The Ulster County Courthouse has been at the center of many major events in our region’s history, from the first settlers to the present day, in war and in peace. The Committee of Safety met in the Ulster County Courthouse in 1777 and created the State of New York. The New York State Constitution, the model for the US Constitution, was written in the courthouse by none other than John Jay. After its passage, the Constitution was read in public for the first time on the Courthouse steps. Through its halls have walked presidential candidates, US Supreme Court justices, Founding Fathers, freedom fighters and leaders of industry and government.

On Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society will present a discussion on the history of the Ulster County Courthouse at the Vineyard Commons Theater, located on Route 44/55 in Highland, with Paul O’Neill, a lifetime resident of Ulster County, who currently serves as commissioner of jurors for Ulster County. Prior to his current position, he was an attorney in both New Paltz and Kingston for 15 years, 14 of those years as an assistant district attorney.

The program is free and open to all. For more information, call (845) 255-7742 or visit www.tolhps.org.

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