A List of Recent Posts to Our KHSNJ.Org Website

  • Archiving… and you
    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. For the past 25+ years we have been been collecting items related to the village of Kingston and preparing presentations for the community. Some of our artifacts help us to understand our environment. For example, the flour sack shows what was produced at the Kingston mill on the Millstone River. Other items help us to remember our more recent history. The Kingston Historical Society maintains a second website to show photographs of … Continue reading “Archiving… and you”
  • Holiday Tree Lighting- 2023
    The weather cleared just in time for our community tree lighting, Sunday December 3rd, 2023. The crowd was not as large as other years, but the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 came to provide lights, and the Kingston Women’s Chorus came to provide a joyous sing-along. The Kingston Women’s Chorus sang seasonal favorites and reminded us that they have a concert on December 10th at the Kingston United Methodist Church. See OUR EVENTS LIST Before the event the Kingston Historical Society opened the history room in the Kingston Locktender’s House for one last view of the 2023 displays. The … Continue reading “Holiday Tree Lighting- 2023”
  • Annual Meeting Talk Video now Available
    You can view Markus McParland’s talk on our video page: Thanks to Markus for his work preparing this talk and his book “Community Collection for Kingston, NJ” (
  • Nov-Dec Events in Kingston 2023
    Kingston Book Talk / KHS Annual Meeting Local author Markus McParland spoke on his NEW BOOK: “Community Collection for Kingston, NJ” at the Kingston Historical Society Annual Meeting Video of this presentation is now available HERE Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023: Annual Thanksgiving Day Walk. 10 -11:30 am Mapleton Preserve, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston, NJ.Join Karen Linder and FPNL for our annual Thanksgiving Day morning walk at the Mapleton Preserve. On this easy, family-friendly walk, we will focus on nuts, seeds and berries that wildlife, including turkeys, use as food. Free and open to all. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands ( … Continue reading “Nov-Dec Events in Kingston 2023”
  • KHS participates in Scavenger Hunt
    October 21, 2023 was South Brunswick Township’s History Day Scavenger Hunt. The goal was to explore South Brunswick’s historic buildings and sites in a family friendly way. Participants received a “Passport to local history” which would be stamped at five locations in the township The event was sponsored by the South Brunswick Library and the South Brunswick Historical Society. The Township was celebrating 225 years. The Kingston Historical Society and Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands assisted in the “hunt” hosting three locations. Members of the Kingston Presbyterian Church, which celebrated its 300th birthday this year, opened their sanctuary as a … Continue reading “KHS participates in Scavenger Hunt”
  • Cemetery Tales, October 14, 2023
    Kingston Presbyterian Church in celebration of its 300th Anniversary presented “Cemetery Tales” on October 14, 2023 On a rainy afternoon… Rev. Sharyl Dixon welcomed nine persons buried in the Kingston Presbyterian Church cemetery… Dorothea “Jimmie” Potts, local business owner and investor talked about the development of US Route 1 and life in Kingston Pastor David Comfort spoke of ministry in Kingston and beyond Umeko Shimomura spoke of her life in Japan and as a farmer in 1920’s California, and then internment during World War II in Arizona. William Van Tilburgh spoke of his time as Inn Keeper in Kingston William … Continue reading “Cemetery Tales, October 14, 2023”
  • Kingston is Busy This Autumn (2023)
    Community groups and historic sites are making Kingston a destination this fall. (click on event for details) Continuing: Rockingham Tours Rockingham State Historic Site tours resume, pre-registration is required. See for details. Rocky Hill Kingston Road. Until Nov. 24: South Brunswick Art Show “Memorable Places,” the Fall 2023 Art Show of the South Brunswick Arts Commission at Municipal Building 8:30AM- 4PM through November 24, 2023 Free and open to the public. (Monmouth Junction) This show features the Princeton Nursery Lands as one of the township’s memorable places. More information at Sept 30 FPNL Public Lands Day (change) New … Continue reading “Kingston is Busy This Autumn (2023)”
  • Kingston Presbyterian History Video
    An edited video of the June 3, 2023 presentation at the Kingston NJ Presbyterian Church is now available: Reflections of Our Past, 1723-2023, Speakers are Rev Sharyl M Dixon, pastorand George Luck, Jr. introduced by Robert von Zumbusch, president of the Kingston Historical Society. With presentations by leaders of our three townships.
  • Kingston Tavern Walk 2023 Video
    Taverns of Kingston, A Saturday Afternoon walk led by George Luck, Jr. on May 6, 2023 Half way between New York and Philadelphia, Kingston, New Jersey was a natural place for inns and taverns for travelers. The first inn/tavern was established by Henry Greenland in 1683 on the west side of the Millstone River; subsequent taverns/inns were all on the east side. The two hour walk was led by lifetime Kingston resident (and KHS Vice President) George Luck, Jr. George is frequent speaker on Kingston history, both in character as a historical figure, or as himself. We started at the … Continue reading “Kingston Tavern Walk 2023 Video”
  • Spring Kingston Historian online!
    The Spring 2023 edition of the Kingston Historian is now available as a .pdf for download and viewing HERE. Topics include
  • Taverns of Kingston, April 29, 2023
    The Kingston Historical Society’s walking tour of Main Street will be held Saturday, April 29th. George Luck, Jr will share his knowledge of the history of Kingston’s Inns and Taverns. For more Information on the walk, which begins at 1 PM, see this “Event” HERE Preregistration is required. To Register, go directly to the registration page HERE
  • Kingston Picnic 2023 seeks Volunteers
    Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Village of Kingston has celebrated with a community gathering at the end of the summer. It is a chance for folks in our community organizations to show off, and for neighbor to meet neighbor. We usually have some music, and maybe some games. The Kingston Historical Society and the Kingston Village Advisory Committee are looking for other organizations and individuals who are willing to help make the Kingston picnic an annual event open to the entire community. So far we are looking for volunteers… by mid-summer we hope to have a general … Continue reading “Kingston Picnic 2023 seeks Volunteers”
  • Lock-Tender’s House Opens With New Display
    The History Room at the Delaware and Raritan Canal Kingston Lock will re-open for the season on April 1st. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The displays in the History Room include a tribute to the Kingston Presbyterian Church– a vital part of the village for 300 years. HERE is more about KPC’s celebration year And HERE is a link to the June 3 community celebration
  • Kingston History Mystery Added
    To promote interest in the history of Kingston, NJ and to foster research skills, we present our first “Kingston History Mystery” at our dedicated webpage. All are welcome to propose answers. To propose an answer, fill out the form on that page. We will verify identities before posting results at the end of the month. Our first mystery involves dating a photograph of Kingston. Good luck!
  • Community Project Digs History
    Last fall Markus McParland came to the Kingston Historical Society with a proposal. As a school project he wanted to do research on Kingston’s history. Since that time he’s found hundreds of new items and stories related to Kingston’s past. He recently put out a call to the community, placing these posters around town: He recently visited a trustee’s meeting and shared some of his work. We at the historical society wish him luck as he completes the project! And his dad, Glenn McParland, has joined the Kingston Historical Society as a trustee! Take a look at this article in … Continue reading “Community Project Digs History”
  • Kingston Presbyterian 300th Year
    2023 is an anniversary year. Along the trading routes of the Lenape people, the village of Kingston began to be home to some Dutch, English, and Scotch-Irish settles around 1675. It wouldn’t be until 1723 that there would be a formal declaration of a village church. Settlers gathered in faith inside homes, and then in a log cabin along the Millstone river. The faithful grew into a gathered community and took a charter to affirm publicly what it had grown into—the worshipping body of the Kingston community. By the time of the church’s official charter, January 21, 1723, the church … Continue reading “Kingston Presbyterian 300th Year”
  • Locktender’s House Closed for Winter 2022-2023
    Public access to the Kingston Locktender’s House is available from April to November each year. In the winter months of December, January and February we are open only for special events and for members and archivists to work on research and improvements. If you’d like to help with archiving or helping with display areas, please contact us, we are glad to have the help! For interest in the Archiving team use our interest form LINK HERE Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting LINK HERE (or other winter events to-be-announced) Contact us via mail or email LINK HERE Until Spring, enjoy … Continue reading “Locktender’s House Closed for Winter 2022-2023”
  • KHS Annual Meeting December 6 2022
    The 2022 Kingston Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 O’Clock PM. The meeting will be “hybrid” – in person at the Kingston Firehouse and also virtually by Zoom. After a very brief business meeting including reports and election of Trustees, there will be an illustrated program: The D. & R. Canal State Park: Sustaining a Key New Jersey Asset.   The program includes two Powerpoint presentations, one prepared by Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (MVPC) members and one by the Canal Park Historian of NJ DEP Division of Parks, Forestry and Historic Sites. The … Continue reading “KHS Annual Meeting December 6 2022”
  • Interest Groups Being Formed
    Kingston Webmasters Roundtable formingThe web team for and web developers for other Kingston area, volunteer run websites are forming a roundtable group to share ideas and progress. Kingston Archivist Team formingThe archiving group has a backlog requiring entry, and would welcome careful volunteers to help preserve and catalog items. For details, current status, and how to join either of these teams, visit our groups page at THIS LINK
  • Kingston Picnic Photos and Video
    Thank you to all who attended the Kingston Picnic on August 27,2022. As evening fell the Kingston Park, behind the Laurel Avenue school, was filled with conversation, community and music. We ended the event with a showing of KINGSTON:Crossroads to History (see end of post)
  • Watch Picnic Video Online!
    At the Kingston Village Picnic in August 27, 2022 we showed: KINGSTON: Crossroads to History (2001) Here is a link to the full video (this takes about 20 seconds to load… please have patience. You may have to tap the video once it loads.) You can also view the video directly on by clicking HERE (and consider supporting with a donation! They provide free hosting for our videos.) also, you can read all about the picnic at this blog post
  • Kingston Picnic Aug 27 – Details
    Allthough the event has passed, you can review the event invitation and view video shown at the picnic. Hope to see you next year!
  • Main Street Reflections Video Available
    A video of the June 22nd 2022 presentation is now available HERE. The video is approximately 90 minutes long and includes images of Kingston, NJ’s Main Street (a.k.a. The Kings Highway, The Lincoln Highway, NJ Route 27) and stories of those who lived along it.

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