We regret that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Kingston Locktender’s House will not be open (as previously scheduled) on April 4th and will remain CLOSED until further notice.

KHS will not have a Spring Program this year; all KHS events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Highlights from our past community events

The KHS Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting.

Christmas In Kingston

Once again, on Sunday December 1st, 2019, the KHS Annual Holiday Open House provided an opportunity to gather and enjoy holiday refreshments in the Locktender’s House, which was festively decorated for the occasion by the Kingston Garden Club, followed by the tree lighting and the music of the Kingston Women’s Chorus.

Enjoy the photograph gallery below of the event.

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

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.

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