A Radical Idea: Government by the People

A Radical Idea: Government by the People (HM12YI)

Location: Kingston, NY 12401 Ulster County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 56.077', W 74° 1.106'

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Senate House State Historic Site

Consider the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens like Abraham van Gaasbeck, who risked his life, family, and property, when he offered his modest stone house as a meeting place for the first New York State Senate in September 1777. Would you have done the same to support America's fight for freedom?

New York State's fledgling government, along with Kingston's civilian population, had to flee the city as the British advanced north from New York City, destroying Hudson Valley homes en route. The British landed in Kingston on October 16, 1777, and burned most of the city. Van Gaasbeek's house stands as a testament to Kingston's citizens who were determined to rebuild after the fire and committed to establishing an independent republic.

Today, while visiting Kingston's museums, shops, and restaurants, follow the Kingston 1777 Trail or tour the city's historic neighborhoods and discover over four centuries of history and architecture.

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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Albany 19, October 1777
With unexampled cruelty, you have reduced the fine village of Kingston to ashes, and most of the wretched inhabitants to ruins. I am also informed, you continue to ravage and burn all before you on both sides of the river . . . Other Generals . . . are now by the fortune of war in my hands; their fortune may one day be yours when, Sir, it may not be in the power of any thing human to save you from the just vengeance of an injured people

Portion of a letter written by American General Horatio Gates to British General John Vaughn after the burning of Kingston.
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 581374 N 4642982
Decimal Degrees41.93461667, -74.01843333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 56.077', W 74° 1.106'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 56' 4.62" N, 74° 1' 6.36" W
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Area Code(s)914, 845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 307 Clinton Ave, Kingston NY 12401, US
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