View the Original New York State Constitution in Kingston November 15th

On April 20, 1777, the Fourth Provincial Congress, then New York’s only government, adopted the State’s first constitution at the Ulster County Courthouse. In British eyes, this established Kingston as a hotbed of revolution and therefore worthy of attack, which they did in October of that same year. View this revolutionary document at the Ulster County Courthouse Bicentennial Celebration.

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Where: Ulster County Courthouse | 285 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401

Cost: Free and open to the public

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Typewritten cover page and draft of the handwritten New York State Constitution of 1777. The first constitution of the State of New York was adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York at Kingston on April 20, 1777. This text is a manuscript draft containing numerous strikeouts, additions, and corrections.

Source: New York State Archives. New York (State). Secretary of State. First constitution of the State of New York, 1777. Series A1802-78.


The old Senate House in Kingston, (Ulster County, N. Y.). New York's newly organized State Senate met in this house for their first meeting in 1777. The house was burned by the British in the same year and later rebuilt. The image is of the front of the single story stone house with three chimneys, two front doors, several shuttered windows, and a wooden porch on the side of the building. Also in view are sidewalk and road in the foreground and part of a large white house next door. 

Source: New York State Archives. New York (State). Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction. Instructional glass lantern slides, ca. 1856-1939. Series A3045-78, No. D47_KS.


A room in the Senate House in Kingston, (Ulster County, N. Y.), with a beamed ceiling, wooden floor, wainscoated walls, several chairs, wooden door with window, and a fireplace with portraits hanging on the walls around it. New York's newly organized State Senate met in this room for their first meeting in 1777. The house was burned by the British in the same year and rebuilt thereafter.

Source: New York State Archives. New York (State). Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction. Instructional glass lantern slides, ca. 1856-1939. Series A3045-78, No. D47_KS3.