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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.

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:

Talk: Why is Kingston Here?

Tuesday February 8th at 7:30 pm: Why Is Kingston Here?  – an illustrated talk by George Luck and Charlie Dieterich; the talk will be “hybrid” – given in-person at the Kingston Firehouse (masks required) and simultaneously by Zoom.  (anyone can receive the Zoom link by sending an e-mail to contact@khsnj.org  – and requesting a link, which will be sent out in February.

This talk was originally scheduled for January 11. In person attendance requires that masks be worn correctly and social distance being maintained.

Locktender’s House Closed Until April

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

The Locktender’s House will again be open on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 4 pm starting in April. The Locktender’s House is not open during the winter.

Until further notice, all visitors should respect NJ State Park policy, which requires ALL visitors to wear masks indoors.

To find the Locktender’s House on your mapping software, try this address: 39 Old Lincoln Highway, Princeton, NJ 08540


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Members help us survive.

Recent Activities: (click links for details)

  • 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.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting, 12/5/2021
    Join in the celebration! The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will happen, December 5, 2021 at the Kingston Lock, 4:30 PM with outdoor music and familiar faces! There will be music and carols outside, thanks to the Kingston Womens Chorus.
  • Locktender’s House Open Weekends
    The Kingston Locktender’s House is open to the public every weekend through the end of November. The Locktender’s House will again be open on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 4 pm through November. The Locktender’s House is not open during the winter. Until further notice, all visitors should respect NJ State … Continue reading “Locktender’s House Open Weekends”
  • “Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)
    The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting had long been a well loved Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” community holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, … Continue reading ““Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)”
  • KHS Holiday Tree lighting ~ December 6, 2020
    The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting has long been a Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional a Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, who provided … Continue reading “KHS Holiday Tree lighting ~ December 6, 2020”
  • KHS Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting ~ December 1st, 2019
    KHS members, fellow Kingston resident, and many others attended our annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting December 1st, 2019 at the Locktender’s House on the D&R Canal. They enjoyed holiday refreshments, decorations by the Kingston Garden Club, the annual tree lighting, and music by the Kingston Womens Chorus.

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.