When you visit the Senate House today, you will see a house that tells several stories. You will see a house that reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. You will also see where the first New York State Senate met and helped shape the newly created government. The 18th century objects in the kitchen shed light on how people prepared their food, and where it came from. Other rooms contain domestic furniture, portraits, and other objects that help explain how people in the colonial era lived, and how they entertained. Standing in the Senate room you will get a sense of the pressure faced by the founders, and their lasting impact felt today. The museum also contains three galleries that highlight the works of painters, John Vanderlyn, Ammi Phillips, James Bard, Thomas Sully, the Kingston born Joseph Tubby, and the Hudson River School artist Jervis McEntee.
Guided tours take you through the kitchen, family room, and parlor of an 18th century Dutch home and end in the room where the first New York State Senate met in 1777. Visitors will see a wide array of 18th century kitchen tools, domestic furniture, portraits, and impressive Dutch pieces such as a kas and a pottebank. Visitors will also learn about life in Kingston in the 18th century and Kingston’s role in the creation of the New York State government.
The Loughran House, named after its builder and first owner, is a Victorian style house built between 1872 and 1873. The site is used for various special events such as Victorian Teas hosted by the Friends of Senate House.