This year marks the 360th anniversary of the Order to Build the Stockade, the oldest record on file at the County Clerk’s Office, dated 1658. In commemoration of this important piece of our shared history, the Ulster County Records Center & Archives will feature an exhibit showcasing the records surrounding this momentous occasion.
This exhibit focuses on the origins of the Ulster County Clerk’s oldest record series, The Dutch Records Collection. On May 31, 1658, Director-General Peter Stuyvesant ordered the settlers to abandon their scattered dwellings and move to a central, defensible location surrounded by palisades (also known as a Stockade). This record not only marks the origin of the Dutch Records Collection, but it also marks the origin of the “Stockade District” in uptown Kingston. The records on display will bring you on a journey back through time to an era when Kingston was a quaint farming village bustling with European settlers.