Kingston Historical Society

Welcome to The Kingston Historical Society web site. The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1997 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to preserve, enhance and promote the history of the village of Kingston. KHS has its headquarters in the Locktender's House on the Delaware and Raritan Canal, Kingston, New Jersey.


Saturday September 6, 2014, 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Kingston Firehouse, 8 Heathcote Road in Kingston:
90th Anniversary Celebration of The Kingston Volunteer Fire Company.

Kingston residents are invited to an event marking the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company's 90 years of service to Kingston and surrounding communities, and the 75th anniversary of its antique Ward LaFrance.

KVFC's 1939 Ward LaFrance

Come celebrate with KVFC and enjoy locally provided food and drinks.

A Fall Date to be announced: A walk and talk in Kingston to be led by George Luck, Jr.

A Fall Date to be announced: KHS Annual Meeting and a talk on railroads and Kingston

Sunday December 7, 2014, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. KHS Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting [Tree Lighting at 5:00 p.m.]
At the Kingston Locktender’s House, on the D&R Canal just off Route 27.

EXHIBIT in the Kingston Locktender's House

The house is open April through October, on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 6 pm. Princeton Nurseries - 1913 - 2013, an exhibit of KHS photographs and information about the nursery is currently continuing on display in the Kingston Locktender's House.

Past Events And Exhibits

An Evening with Peter V. Shann portrayed by George Luck, Jr. was held on June 7, 2014.
Peter Shann was born and grew up in Kingston; he was a Civil War soldier, who later became a Kingston Presbyterian Church Elder and a Kingston entrepreneur. The Kingston Presbyterian Board of Elders and KHS co-sponsored the event.

The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway: a 15 minute film and a talk by author Linda Barth. The program was held 16 June 2014. Linda has written several books including The Delaware & Raritan Canal, The Delaware & Raritan Canal at Work and the children’s book Bridgetender’s Boy; she is currently writing a book on the Millstone Valley. Linda is also co-president of D&R Canal Watch.

New Jersey History Fair: Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey May 10, 2014, at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ. Kingston Historical Society joined with Kingston Greenways Association and Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands to provide coordinated exhibits on Kingston and its contributions to the history of New Jersey and the themes for 350th Anniversary: Innovation – Diversity – Liberty.

KHS Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting:
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. At the Kingston Locktender’s House

KGA Annual Fall Foliage Walk
Sunday October 20, 2013
A walk through the Princeton Nurseries Kingston site led by Rick Henkel
At the Mapleton Preserve/ D&R Canal State Park Headquarters,
145 Mapleton Road, Kingston

Princeton Nurseries 100th Anniversary Celebration
in the Preserve
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Princeton Nurseries - 1913 - 2013
An illustrated talk by William Flemer, IV was given October 9, 2013 at the Kingston Firehouse.

A Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration was held at the Kingston Locktender’s House June 22, 2013 in concert with the Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour; lunch was provided to tour participants by Eno Terra restaurant and a number of local vehicles of the era were on display.

The Lincoln Highway - 1913 - 2013, an exhibit of KHS photographs and information about the Lincoln Highway was on display in the Kingston Locktender's House from April to September 2013.