NEWS RELEASE: The Beekman Boys Join Historic Huguenot Street for Opening Day, May 7

NEW PALTZ, NY (April 12, 2016) – After its annual winter “refresh” period, Historic Huguenot Street and its Museum Shop will re-open for 2016 on Saturday, May 7. The organization has spent the last several months revamping its entire guest experience, including the tour format, collections pieces displayed, Museum Shop offerings, and more.


In honor of Opening Day, Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge – proprietors of the Beekman 1802 Farm and Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY, and stars of the Cooking Channel’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys – will be at the DuBois Fort from 2 to 3 pm to chat about life on the farm and their artisan Mercantile goods. Josh and Brent will sign books at the exclusive meet-and-greet, as guests enjoy wine and cheese from Main Course Catering and 10% off all Beekman 1802 books and products throughout the Museum Shop. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some local sheep and lambs who will be visiting the street.

“We’ve been carrying Beekman 1802 products in the Museum Shop for about a year now, and they are some of our most popular items,” said Kristine Gillespie, Sales and Tours Manager. “We’re so looking forward to having Josh and Brent join us for Opening Day.”

Historic Huguenot Street’s Museum Shop currently carries a variety of Beekman 1802 goods, including heirloom garden seeds, goat milk soaps, beauty products, and the Beekman 1802 Almanac magazine.

Admission to the meet-and-greet is $25 general admission, 10% off for seniors and HHS members. 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