Kingston Tavern Walk 2023 Video

Taverns of Kingston, A Saturday Afternoon walk led by George Luck, Jr. on May 6, 2023

Half way between New York and Philadelphia, Kingston, New Jersey was a natural place for inns and taverns for travelers. The first inn/tavern was established by Henry Greenland in 1683 on the west side of the Millstone River; subsequent taverns/inns were all on the east side.

The two hour walk was led by lifetime Kingston resident (and KHS Vice President) George Luck, Jr. George is frequent speaker on Kingston history, both in character as a historical figure, or as himself.

We started at the Kingston Presbyterian Church parking lot (4565 NJ Route 27), then proceeded down Main Street (Route 27) toward the D&R Canal. On the way George points out the sites of the various former inns and taverns that once made Kingston an important and busy stopping place for travelers as well as a gathering place for locals from colonial times, through the Revolutionary War, the early republic, the Lincoln Highway and today.

The talk ends at Eno Terra Restaurant, formerly “The Kings Inn” and then “The Winepress” The video is 70 minutes. Video and Audio by Charlie Dieterich, Post-Production by Doug Miller.

Maps at the end of the video are from the Library of Congress
and The Story Of New Jerseys Civil Boundaries 1608–1968; John F. Snyder, 1969 reprinted by New Jersey Geological Survey 2004.

Images are from various Kingston Historical Society collections.

The Kingston Historical Society thanks for hosting our community video. The video can be downloaded from their website

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Spring Kingston Historian online!

The Spring 2023 edition of the Kingston Historian is now available as a .pdf for download and viewing HERE.

Topics include

  • Kingston Presbyterian Church 300th Anniversary
  • Remembering Ceil Leedom, Longtime KHS Trustee and Officer
  • News of the Kingston Lock-tender’s House improvements and repairs
  • A map of the Kingston Presbyterian Cemetery (and October 14th event)
  • Recap of Kingston’s Inns & Taverns II walk on May 6
  • Recap of December 4, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Upcoming Events and Anniversaries
  • Volunteer Opportunities and how to sign up
  • The need for planning of the Kingston Community Picnic

Kingston Picnic 2023 seeks Volunteers

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Village of Kingston has celebrated with a community gathering at the end of the summer.

It is a chance for folks in our community organizations to show off, and for neighbor to meet neighbor. We usually have some music, and maybe some games.

The Kingston Historical Society and the Kingston Village Advisory Committee are looking for other organizations and individuals who are willing to help make the Kingston picnic an annual event open to the entire community.

So far we are looking for volunteers… by mid-summer we hope to have a general invite for everyone in the greater Kingston community.

Want to learn more and volunteer? Fill out our form HERE

Picnic 2022 revitalized an old Kingston Tradition (Laurel Ave school field)

Lock-Tender’s House Opens With New Display

The History Room at the Delaware and Raritan Canal Kingston Lock will re-open for the season on April 1st.

Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The displays in the History Room include a tribute to the Kingston Presbyterian Church– a vital part of the village for 300 years.

HERE is more about KPC’s celebration year

And HERE is a link to the June 3 community celebration

Kingston History Mystery Added

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!

Get out your gumshoes and magnifying glass!

Community Project Digs History

Last fall Markus McParland came to the Kingston Historical Society with a proposal. As a school project he wanted to do research on Kingston’s history.

Since that time he’s found hundreds of new items and stories related to Kingston’s past. He recently put out a call to the community, placing these posters around town:

He recently visited a trustee’s meeting and shared some of his work. We at the historical society wish him luck as he completes the project!

And his dad, Glenn McParland, has joined the Kingston Historical Society as a trustee!

Take a look at this article in the Franklin Reporter!

Kingston Presbyterian 300th Year

2023 is an anniversary year.

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
  • Dec 24th Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Locktender’s House Closed for Winter 2022-2023

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!

For interest in the Archiving team use our interest form LINK HERE

Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting LINK HERE (or other winter events to-be-announced)

Contact us via mail or email LINK HERE

Until Spring, enjoy our web pages and browse our posts archive:

KHS Annual Meeting December 6 2022

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

The meeting is free and all are welcome; those wishing to attend virtually should request a link at Access to the meeting begins at 6:45 PM, fifteen minutes before the meeting starts. Please mute audio and video during the presentation.

– RvZ