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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 4 pm

Until further notice, all visitors are asked to wear masks indoors, and maintain social distance. The building had no air conditioning and minimal air circulation.

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.

  • 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.
  • Kingston: On The Map
    The display of maps showing Kingston’s evolution from pre-history to the 20th century is now available HERE Below is the press release announcing the opiening of the display. Press Release Kingston: On The Map, opens April 9th 2022 in the History Room at the D &R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route … Continue reading “Kingston: On The Map”
  • Talk: Why is Kingston Here? 2/8/22
    From pre-history to the present, Kingston has a “Place in History.” George Luck, Jr and Charlie Dieterich present a survey of moments from the settlement of Kingston, New Jersey.
  • Tree Lighting 2021
    Thanks to the Kingston Womens Chorus and all who attended the December 5, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting by the Kingston Lock. Once again, the event was outdoors only, but the gathering was warm and joyful. Here are some photos from that night: Thanks to Kirstin Ohrt for the photos.

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.