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Most Recent Event: Kingston Village Picnic, Saturday August 27 (LINK)

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, New Jersey.

Consider Volunteering! Learn More HERE or become a member (see below.)

This Website will:

  • Announce upcoming events
  • Preserve reports of Kingston Historical Society activities
  • Archive information about Kingston, New Jersey’s history
  • Provide information about our Society

(Photo: A frame bridge at the Kingston Lock, ~ 1901)

Latest News:

Kingston’s Main Street Reflections brought the village’s past to life

The June 22nd panel discussion at the Kingston Firehouse was recorded, and the video will be posted on our website when complete.

Panel: George Luck, Jr., Theresa Russo, Sharon O’Donnell Hansan and Bob Brian

View the video of the event HERE

Kingston’s Inns and Taverns to be rescheduled

The May 21st walk around Kingston was cut short due to dangerous heat. It will be rescheduled for cooler weather.

Kingston: On The Map display opens

On April 9, 2022 a new display opened in the display space of the Locktender’s House. Visit HERE for more details, and THIS EVENT to view the press release

Locktender’s House Open Weekends

The Kingston Locktender’s House is normally open to the public every weekend during warmer weather.

The Locktender’s House is currently open on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 5 pm

Note that the building had no air conditioning and minimal air circulation. Please maintain social distancing. Also, there is no bathroom available in the locktender’s house. The nearest bathroom is a portajohn in the parking lot.

To find the Locktender’s House on your mapping software, try this address: 39 Old Lincoln Highway, Princeton, NJ 08540 Or look for it at the D&R Canal at the foot of the Kingston hill.

Talk: Why is Kingston Here? Video is online

The video of this February 8, 2022 presentation is now available.

Visit THIS PAGE to view it


Members help us survive.

  • Kingston Picnic Photos and Video
    Thank you to all who attended the Kingston Picnic on August 27,2022. As evening fell the Kingston Park, behind the Laurel Avenue school, was filled with conversation, community and music. We ended the event with a showing of KINGSTON:Crossroads to History (see end of post)
  • Watch Picnic Video Online!
    At the Kingston Village Picnic in August 27, 2022 we showed: KINGSTON: Crossroads to History (2001) Here is a link to the full video (this takes about 20 seconds to load… please have patience. You may have to tap the video once it loads.) You can also view the video directly on Archive.org by clicking … Continue reading “Watch Picnic Video Online!”
  • Kingston Picnic Aug 27 – Details
    Allthough the event has passed, you can review the event invitation and view video shown at the picnic. Hope to see you next year!
  • Main Street Reflections Video Available
    A video of the June 22nd 2022 presentation is now available HERE. The video is approximately 90 minutes long and includes images of Kingston, NJ’s Main Street (a.k.a. The Kings Highway, The Lincoln Highway, NJ Route 27) and stories of those who lived along it.
  • Kingston: Main Street Reflections — June 22nd 2022
    A video of this presentation is now available below. About the evening The Kingston Historical Society hosted an evening panel discussion featuring stories of Main Street through the eyes of longtime residents. Led by Anne Zeman, the panel included Sharon O’Donnell Hansan’s family owned and operated the Union Line Hotel. George Luck, Jr., former Chief … Continue reading “Kingston: Main Street Reflections — June 22nd 2022”
  • Kingston Inns and Taverns 2022
    George Luck, Jr. led a well attended but abbreviated tour of taverns and tavern locations in Kingston, NJ on May 21st.

canal barge print

”History is who we are and why we are the way we are..”

David McCullough

We wouldn’t survive without the generous donations and contributions from our donors and patrons. The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1997 as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization to preserve, enhance and promote the history of the village of Kingston. The KHS has its headquarters in the Locktender’s House on the Delaware and Raritan Canal in New Jersey where it maintains the original circa 1830 home of families who operated the Kingston locks on the canal.

Our exhibits, the maintenance of the Locktender’s house, and our programs are produced and managed by volunteers in collaboration with numerous local historians and craftsmen.