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.
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 and 50-year member of Kingston Fire Department
Theresa Russo is a third generation Kingstonian.
Bob Brian, Kingston’s most popular native son and lifelong resident.
also scheduled was Kathy McCarthy, whose father, Lou Sincak, was one of Kingston’s barbers for over 50 years. Anne shared some of Kathy’s memories at the end of the evening.
Video of evening (90 minutes)
Good evening everybody;thank you all for coming I’m Robert von Zumbush, president of the Kingston Historical Society. I’d like to, first of all, thank the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company for letting us use this hall as they have so many times, we are very grateful to them… The program this evening was organized by Anne Zeman… Anne is a long time member and trustee.
Charlie Dieterich technical help and Tari Pataleo provided publicity. And our trusees present tonight: Tom Jacoby, Charlie Dieterich, George Luck Jr (our vice president), and Anne Zeman
Introduction, KHS President Robert von Zumbusch
This video is viewable here. It is hosted from archive.org’s website. We thank them for providing hosting for our video presentations. click on their “Columns” logo to download the presentation for later (higher quality) viewing.
A .pdf poster for the June 22nd event is available HERE
George Luck, Jr. led a well attended but abbreviated tour of taverns and tavern locations in Kingston, NJ on May 21st.
George Luck, Jr. led a well attended but abbreviated tour of taverns and tavern locations in Kingston, NJ on May 21st. We were able to capture video of some portions of the walk, and will be editing them together for posting on this website.
Although the walk was shortened, George did agree to answer further questions in air conditioned comfort at Eno Terra Restaurant on Route 27 near the Kingston Lock. The building was actually intended to be the final stop on the tour, having been Fisk’s Store, Feldman’s Store, The Kings Inn, and the Winepress Restaurant before being converted to Eno Terra. We thank the owners and staff of the restaurant for their hospitality.
We will create another event in the future to share more of George’s research. We will post the video when it is available.
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.
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 27) in Kingston. On view Saturdays and Sundays April to November from 10 AM to 4 PM. Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested.
The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of East and West New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines. Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.
This display follows a talk by George Luck, Jr. and Charlie Dieterich, titled “Why is Kingston Here?” given this past February.
Dieterich explained that “in preparing for our talk I looked at dozens of historical maps of central New Jersey. I was struck by the ways Kingston reinvented itself in every generation. In the 1600s it was a place to rest after crossing the Millstone River. In the 1700s Kingston thrived as the midway tavern stop on the Kings Highway and a place to change horses. During the American Revolution, Washington used the Kingston hill to gain perspective, returning to pass through the settlement in several directions during the war.
“In the 19th century Kingston changed to a prosperous mill town, a port on the canal, a station on two railroads (now long gone) and a stop on the Lincoln Highway. The village included two schools and supported two industries: Kingston Quarry and Princeton Nurseries. In the 21st century Kingston has become a multicultural community with many parks and open space.”
The display allows visitors to go deeper on each of these “Kingstons.”
The Kingston Historical Society is planning events including a community walk on May 21st and a panel discussion later this spring. Details of future events and a video of the February talk are available on the organization’s website, https://www.khsnj.org/.
About the Kingston Historical Society:
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. The KHS has its headquarters in the Locktender’s House on the Delaware and Raritan Canal where it maintains the original circa 1834 home of families who operated the Kingston locks on the canal.
Kingston Firehouse, Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM
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. The talk was especially designed for those who are new to town or unfamiliar with our evolution. Over 40 people attended in person, and 70 online. Those at the firehouse were treated to cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, courtesy of Harbor Chase Assisted Living. www.harborchase.com/
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.