NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Announces Wine Tasting & Art History Tour with Millbrook Winery & Artist Kevin Cook

NEW PALTZ, NY (May 18, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce its upcoming Fourth Saturday event, an art history tour with local artist Kevin Cook accompanied by a wine tasting by Millbrook Winery. The tour and tasting will begin at the 1799 LeFevre House (54 Huguenot Street) on Saturday, May 23, at 4:30 pm.

“To have an artist like Kevin Cook give an art history tour on Huguenot Street truly enhances our programming,” said Mary Etta Schneider, Board Chair and President. “We are lucky to have participating supporters like Kevin and Millbrook Winery, who are both experts in their fields.  We are pleased to welcome Millbrook Winery for their first event on Huguenot Street.”

Led by Kevin Cook, a Huguenot Street resident and volunteer, the tour will highlight artworks from the HHS Permanent Collection throughout 3 of the historic houses: the 1799 LeFevre House, the Jean Hasbrouck House, and the Deyo House. Cook will speak about art in early America and the founders of the Hudson River School movement.

Kevin Cook is an accomplished landscape painter whose style is strongly influenced by Hudson River School artists of the 19th century. He was recently named a Painting Fellow by New York Foundation for the Arts, and has subsequently been invited to serve on NYFA’s Artist’s Advisory Committee. In addition, Cook is a Guest Educator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum and a tour guide at Historic Huguenot Street.

In addition to the art history tour, Millbrook Winery will provide 4 estate wines made with Hudson Valley grapes for a wine tasting. Including 2 white and 2 red varieties, guests will sample one wine at each stop of the tour, ending at the DuBois Fort. Guests will also receive passes to a complimentary in-depth wine tasting and guided tour at Millbrook Winery, which has been voted "Best Winery" in the Hudson Valley for the last 19 consecutive years.

Saturday, May 23, at 4:30 pm. Members $20; seniors and military $22; general admission $25. Pre-registration is required – register at

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today. 


Kaitlin Gallucci
Communications & Marketing Manager
(845) 255-1660