- Historic Sites
Rondout West Strand Historic District
In 1828, the Delaware and Hudson Canal connected Rondout to the Pennsylvania coal trade, transforming the sleepy Dutch riverside town into the most prosperous port between New York City and Albany. Today, the Kingston Heritage visitor’s center provides a timeline of the Strand’s history and maps of the 570-acre downtown historic district, which boasts more than 200 19th-century buildings. The 100-room Mansion House and the Sampson Opera House have been restored and converted to popular shops and restaurants.