Our History

Our origins can be traced to Caleb S. Clay, Postmaster of Rondout and Insurance Agent. His Agency was established March 1, 1863 and at one time controlled most of the insurance business in the vicinity. According to A. W. Jillson, a General Agent for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Mr. Clay “Looks like a good business man, and has a first rate name for integrity and respectability and is a man of some property.”

On November 6, 1874, the business was sold to Daniel B. Stow and A. Benson of the Stow and Benson Agency. Daniel B. Stow became the sole owner on January 1,1891 and on March 1, 1907 the business was again sold, to new owner Archibald R. Pardee. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Pardee formed a partnership with his brother Addison D. Pardee. After Archibald’ s death, Addison Pardee assumed sole ownership on April 29, 1930.

Mr. Pardee later established a partnership with Mathilda Bruck, and subsequently Pardee’s share of the business was sold to Clarence H. Buddenhagen. This partnership continued until the existing corporation of Pardee’s Agency Inc. was filed on March 15, 1978.

The management of our agency assumed its current structure on January 1, 1993 and is now shared between Barbara Buddenhagen and Scot Hastie. We have been in our current location in historic uptown Kingston since 1985.

Pardee’s Agency Inc. is a firm of proven professionals, who are caring and conscientious people. We have a commitment to maintain a high standard of excellence in all that we do and to establish a firm relationship of mutual trust and service with each of our clients.

In 2006 we associated with the DCS Risk Management Group- independent insurance agencies who share similar values.

We are:

  • An alliance of top quality Independent Insurance Agencies located throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District of New York State
  • Committed to using the latest technology to better serve our clients
  • Local – We live and work where you do business

We offer:

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of all types of insurance
  • Choice – We represent dozens of the finest insurance companies, which allows us to offer you the best policy at the best price
  • Friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff.