To promote interest in the history of Kingston, NJ and to foster research skills, we present our first “Kingston History Mystery” at our dedicated webpage. All are welcome to propose answers. To propose an answer, fill out the form on that page. We will verify identities before posting results at the end of the month.
Our first mystery involves dating a photograph of Kingston. Good luck!
Along the trading routes of the Lenape people, the village of Kingston began to be home to some Dutch, English, and Scotch-Irish settles around 1675. It wouldn’t be until 1723 that there would be a formal declaration of a village church. Settlers gathered in faith inside homes, and then in a log cabin along the Millstone river. The faithful grew into a gathered community and took a charter to affirm publicly what it had grown into—the worshipping body of the Kingston community.
By the time of the church’s official charter, January 21, 1723, the church had already moved up from the river, having acquired land from Jedediah Higgins sometime before his death in 1715. The church was built on land which is now Kingston Presbyterian’s cemetery; the graves grew in number around it, as was the custom of the day. In 1852, the community moved from the cemetery to its present position. For three centuries Kingston Presbyterian Church has sought to love God and love their neighbors, all to God’s glory.
Throughout 2023 the church will celebrate. The whole Kingston community and neighbors are invited to share in the festivities.
Rev Sharyl M Dixon Kingston Presbyterian Church
The congregation has scheduled many events for the anniversary year 2023
January 21st 300th Charter Luncheon
January 22nd Kick off of 300th Anniversary Worship with Quilt Presentation
January 29th Annual Meeting
March 5th Chili Cookoff Lunch
April 9th Easter
May 21st Welcome Home Worship, Welcoming John & Shirley Heinsohn, and others
June 3rd Historical Society Conversation and Refreshments
June 24th Blueberry Festival
July 29th Vacation Bible School Worship and Picnic
September 17th Friendship Sunday and Celebration of 50years + members
October 14th Cemetery Tales
October 15th Worship in the First Church in Cemetery
October 28th Friends For Health In Haiti Luncheon
November 19th Thanksgiving Service and Time Capsule
Public access to the Kingston Locktender’s House is available from April to November each year. In the winter months of December, January and February we are open only for special events and for members and archivists to work on research and improvements.
If you’d like to help with archiving or helping with display areas, please contact us, we are glad to have the help!
The 2022 Kingston Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 O’Clock PM. The meeting will be “hybrid” – in person at the Kingston Firehouse and also virtually by Zoom.
After a very brief business meeting including reports and election of Trustees, there will be an illustrated program:
The D. & R. Canal State Park: Sustaining a Key New Jersey Asset.
The program includes two Powerpoint presentations, one prepared by Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (MVPC) members and one by the Canal Park Historian of NJ DEP Division of Parks, Forestry and Historic Sites.
The D&R Canal played a significant role in Kingston’s history. Today the canal and its State Park is a key part of the Kingston Greenway and a major recreational resource for Kingstonians. KHS’s headquarters are in one of the State Park’s historic canal houses.
The presentations were originally prepared for a Millstone Valley Scenic Byway Stakeholders meeting. KHS is a partner in the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition, the sponsor of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway. The Byway includes Laurel Avenue, part of Main Street/ Route 27 and Church Street as well as River Road. The D&R Canal State Park is the core and unifying element of the Byway Corridor. The Corridor is a mix of preserved natural areas, farmland, historic villages (of which Kingston is the most significant), sites and districts and a major recreational resource for Central New Jersey.
To Attend Virtually (via Zoom.us)
The meeting is free and all are welcome; those wishing to attend virtually should request a link at https://www.khsnj.org/talk/ Access to the meeting begins at 6:45 PM, fifteen minutes before the meeting starts. Please mute audio and video during the presentation.
Kingstonians from near and far. Newcomers and friends of General Washington. Families, Frisbees, and Fans of Jazz.
If the weather cooperates on Saturday, August 27, come end the summer with a community celebration.
What to bring?
Bring a chair, blanket, and a picnic and enjoy live music and the delightful company of your neighbors and friends (and meet some new ones!)
What to see and do?
While we have not had a village picnic in several years, the KHS and KVAC are ready to say “we are back!” It won’t be the full extravaganza of years ago, but we will have the usual Kingston things…. Fire Trucks, fine music, and even a movie at 8 PM
Local churches will have tables, and local organizations too, so come meet everyone in town. Yes, you can even learn about volunteering with the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company!
STEVE HILTNER is a longtime jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and leader of Sustainable Jazz. A 2018 CD, “Until I Find the Words”, features his original compositions across a broad range of jazz and Latin styles.