The county seat for Ulster County, Kingston is an actual city in contrast to the towns and villages around it.  Historically significant, Kingston was the first capital of New York and maintains a historic Stockade District with many stone buildings and period architecture.  Today Kingston enjoys a boost of young energy as artists from New York migrate north finding ample studio space and a creative scene including a Soap Box Derby, Second Saturday Gallery walk, and an art and entertainment complex called Back Stage Productions.