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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: 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.

  • 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.
  • 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)”

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”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.