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KHS News:

Talk: Why is Kingston Here? -Rescheduled

Tuesday February 8th at 7:30 pm

Why Is Kingston Here?  – an illustrated talk by George Luck and Charlie Dieterich.

This illustrated program will explore the many faces of Kingston’s 300-plus year existence. They will tell stories of the village from early European exploration to prosperity in war and peace.

The talk will be appropriate for newcomers to the Kingston area as well as anyone with an interest in our history.

Join us, either in person at the Firehouse or virtually on Zoom, at 7:30 pm on TUESDAY February 8th , 2022.

The talk will be “hybrid” – given in-person at the Kingston Firehouse (masks required, social distancing) and simultaneously by Zoom video conference.

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.

The talk was originally scheduled for January 11, 2022.

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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Highlights from recent community events

“Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)

Christmas In Kingston

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, who provided new lights for the tree and the McParland family, who provided the essential lift to install them on the 65 foot tall tree (which had outgrown its old lights several years ago) the tree was properly and beautifully lighted. To celebrate and give thanks to the generosity of Karen and the McParland family a “socially distanced” tree lighting was held outside the Locktender’s House on the first Sunday in December.

New lights for the tree and, even more, installing them, had long been a challenge – the tree is 65 ft tall – just 10 ft short of that at Rockefeller Center. In addition to the McParlands, Doug Miller, George Luck, Jr, and Tom Jacoby assisted in preparing the lights.

Here are some photos from the 2019 KHS Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting.

Notes from earlier events:

Basin 1904

Kingston’s Businesses: A Walking Tour led by George Luck, Jr.:

May 19 & October 6, 2018

George Luck
George Luck Jr.

Due to inclement weather Saturday, May 19th 2018, a talk on Kingston’s Businesses was given at the Locktender’s House in lieu of the tour. The tour was rescheduled for Saturday October 6th.

The well attended walk started at the Kingston Presbyterian Church parking lot, and ended at the Kingston Locktender’s House, where there was a display on Kingston’s Businesses and a demonstration of Paul Kayne’s models of the lock and former “A” Frame bridge.

Elric Endersby

KHS Spring Program: New World Dutch Barns

Thursday, June 6th,2019

The New World Dutch Barns program was given in the Dutch Barn at Rockingham State Historic Site, Kingston – 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ.

Victory Chase’s video on the Rockingham Barn Raising was shown. The video was followed by an illustrated talk by Elric Endersby: ARCADES and ANCHORBENTS: The Origins and Characteristics of New World Dutch Barns.

Endersby examined these remarkable New Jersey vernacular structures and their Old World precedents. This examination of an early and iconic building type offers a rare opportunity to discover an early architectural tradition within a notable example – the Nevius Dutch Barn at Rockingham State Historic Site.

KHSNJ Annual Meeting 2016

Our annual meeting in 2016 featured a talk on Kingston, NJ schools. Here’s a video of the presentation, complete with discussion.

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.