Historic New Kingston to host walking tour; post office will issue limited edition postcard
The hamlet of New Kingston on Saturday, July 5 will celebrate its recent designation to the State and National Registers of Historic Places with guided walking tours, a special postal cancellation, art exhibit and reception at the Post Office, and a display of photographs and other items in the Presbyterian Church.
An exhibit of New Kingston postcards, photographs and memorabilia will also be on display at the Middletown Town Hall through the month of July, and can be seen weekdays except July 4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The July 5 walking tours, led by Middletown Town Historian Shirley Davis and former New Kingston Postmaster Fran Faulkner, will commence at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last about an hour.
Tour goers are asked to meet at the church in the center of the hamlet, where they can view the history display as well as purchase copies of the Historic Resources Survey which contains a history of each structure in the New Kingston Valley.
Copies of The Long Papers, Historical Sketches of the New Kingston Valley will also be offered for sale.
The US Postal Service is offering a special pictorial Historic New Kingston Station postmark designed by local artist Oneida Hammond. The noted watercolorist also produced a limited edition postcard that can be purchased with the postmark July 5. The post office will be open until 1 p.m., with a reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when Ms. Hammond will be present to sign the collectible postcards.
A selection of her paintings of New Kingston homes will also be on exhibit.
The 2 p.m. tour group will have an opportunity to purchase the signed postcards at the church the day of the event.
Those who wish to obtain the pictorial postmark may submit a mail order request before August 4. Place a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and mail to Postmaster, New Kingston, NY 12459.