Founded by French Huguenots in 1678, the village of New Paltz boasts the oldest street of original houses in America, maintained by the Huguenot Historical Society. Beautiful stone structures (many featuring original furnishing, machinery and tools), a reconstructed French Church, Huguenot Museum and comprehensive historical documentation make New Paltz a fascinating step back in time.
Besides history, what draws thousands of visitors to New Paltz every year? Premier hiking, rock climbing, biking and sightseeing – easy access to the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, The village is buzzing with restaurants of every cuisine, eclectic shops and antiques stores, and an unforgettable view of of the top of the Shawangunk ridge. SUNY New Paltz provides residents and visitors with live theater and artwork at the Dorsky Museum of Art, and there are lodgings of every style.
From: New Paltz Regional Guide, “Living, Visiting, Working” Page 8.