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.
The house is open April through October, on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 6 pm. The subject of the current display is the Rocky Hill Railroad (RHR)and the Kingston Branch line that the RHR used.
When the RHR opened 150 years ago in November 1864, at first it served farmers and passengers and some freight for the quarry along the D&R Canal. It was in the 1890s--nearly 35 years later--that it became much more heavily used by the newly formed terra cotta companies. The quarry was in use until a hiatus in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was restarted, and then came under the ownership of Gilbert and then Trap Rock Industries, which continues to operate it today. The quarry used the RHR freight line up until the 1970s. The Flemer family's Princeton Nurseries were also big users of the freight line on the Kingston part of the branch line in use since 1839. The Kingston Branch joined with the main line at Monmouth Junction.
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
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.