Dining Before the Revolution in Kingston

A glance to the past at the Hoffman House Tavern in Kingston, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A glance to the past at the Hoffman House Tavern in Kingston, N.Y.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and I toodle around upstate New York with no specific plan in mind. Just enjoying a seasonal drive, stopping where we like at whim, doing so much of nothing, we get hungry. We are fortunate to stumble upon the Hoffman House Tavern in Kingston, N.Y. where we enter the 17th century.

Kingston Hoffman House Tavern sign

Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The place has been around since at least 1679 and was purchased by the Hoffman family in 1707. Thus we learn that Kingston was on the map during the Revolution (makes sense given its name) and burned by the British. The Hoffman house survived and remained in the family until the early 1900s. It became a restaurant in the 1970s.

Hoffman House Tavern, Kingston, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Hoffman House Tavern, Kingston, N.Y.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sip a martini here and wonder whether you could live by candlelight and firewood alone here in Ulster County. Excuse yourself and head to the restroom and marvel at how low the ceilings and windows are. Consider whether you could have survived the Revolution, and then give thanks for those who did and enjoy your meal.

—Lori Tripoli

A dining room in the Hoffman House Tavern Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A dining room in the Hoffman House Tavern
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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A spinning wheel at Hoffman House Tavern Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A spinning wheel at Hoffman House Tavern
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

 

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