THE LOCKTENDER’S HOUSE
The Locktender’s House is located at the Kingston Lock, at 4498 Route 27 North, on the Kingston Trails of D&R Canal State Park, in Kingston, New Jersey.
After having been closed to the public in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, starting on July 3rd 2021, the house will again be open to the public through November, on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays; through October the House will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
In November the House will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. (In 2022 we expect to resume our schedule starting in April.)
The subjects currently on display are:
- Dutch barns
Permanently on exhibit are the HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings of the Kingston lock and canal house and other information about the D&R Canal and the adjacent area.
The North room is temporarily closed for repairs; usually on exhibit in the North Room is the Moor-Potts Library Desk. The desk was made in Kingston by a local cabinetmaker, John F. Moor, for his own use. The desk was acquired by the father of the late Dorothea “Jimmie” Potts at an estate auction after Moor’s death in 1913. It was subsequently passed on to Dorothea. KHS acquired it at the estate sale after her death.
A public repository for KHS archival items relating to Kingston history, http://archive.khsnj.org, has been built; already a number of items have been placed in this repository and more are being added. Feel free to visit and browse the archives. There is a “search field” (not case sensitive) to perform topical search functions. Using the database is the best method to view historical items of interest in our collections.
We also publicly host items on, and use as a historical resource, the website archive.org. Archive.org is a global repository which houses media for perpetuity.