KHS Holiday Tree lighting ~ December 6, 2020

The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting has long been a Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional a Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, who provided new lights and the McParland family, who provided the necessary lift to install them on the tree (which had outgrown its old lights several years ago.) New lights for the tree and, even more, installing them, had been a challenge for several years – the tree is 65 ft tall – just 10 ft short of that at Rockefeller Center. Finally, the tree has been properly and beautifully lighted.

We are most grateful to Karen and the McParland family. In addition to the McParlands, Doug Miller, George Luck, Jr, and Tom Jacoby assisted in the preparation and installation of the new lights.

We look forward to having our traditional Holiday Open House – with refreshments and a tree-lighting with singing. We hope all of you can join us next year on Sunday December 5th 2021!

KHS Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting ~ December 1st, 2019

XMAS at Locktender House

KHS members, fellow Kingston resident, and many others attended our annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting December 1st, 2019 at the Locktender’s House on the D&R Canal. They enjoyed holiday refreshments, decorations by the Kingston Garden Club, the annual tree lighting, and music by the Kingston Womens Chorus.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:30 pm


Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston, NJ 08528
After a brief business meeting, George Luck will give an illustrated talk on fires in Kingston and the history of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company.

A showing of D&R CANAL Videos with additional commentary Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

was featured at the Kingston Historical Society meeting at the Kingston Firehouse.

After some background on the D&R Canal and its past and present importance to Kingston, KHS president Robert von Zumbusch led us through two videos: one, “D&R,” produced and directed by Cliff Crawford in 1976 — before the Canal Park was established; the video included historical footage and interviews with ‘canalers.’ The other, “The Canals of New Jersey,” produced by the Canal Society of New Jersey, provided a comparison with New Jersey’s other navigational canal, the unique Morris Canal, which was very different from the D&R.

a list of past events