The Kingston Home Port and Education Center multi-purpose building serves as a winter berth and repair shop for the sloop Clearwater, and as a center for the community to gather for educational programs, music, special events, workshops and meetings.
The sloop Clearwater is moored at the docks for the community to visit and enjoy during the cold months and the boat shop welcomes visitors who can witness the waterfront workshop, with the crew using woodworking tools and making repairs to the boat.
In the warmer months, Hudson River Maritime Museum uses the facility to welcome school groups for hands-on outdoors activities, maritime history lessons, seasonal exhibits, and tours.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, America’s Environmental Flagship, and Hudson River Maritime Museum, the only museum in New York State dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, built the center as a joint project in 2012.
The two Hudson River organizations share many common objectives and goals and work together to deliver the best of what each organization has to offer to benefit the Kingston community and businesses, and the greater Hudson River.
A Maritime Heritage Destination on the Hudson: The Kingston waterfront attracts tourism to the region by hosting special events such as River Day, Steamboat Days, and festivals. Kingston’s historic Rondout with its deep water docks is one of the best boating destinations on the Hudson River.
Accessible by car, boat and city bus, with a local trolley running out to Kingston Point and water taxi service to the lighthouse, the area is undergoing a renaissance. The waterfront center is set within Kingston’s lively historic district, close to restaurants, art galleries, antique and gift shops, all attracting business and visitors from the area and New York City.