Kingston NH Museum

Kingston NH Museum Family History and Archives The Kingston Historical Museum Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past two years, both at the Nichols Heritage Center and at the complex of buildings that house Kingston's historical artifacts (the former Fire House on Depot Road; the Tramp House behind the Town Hall, and the Grace Daley House and Barn).

On Wednesday mornings, the Committee members typically are joined by members of the Friends of the Library, members of the Heritage Commission, members of the Historic District Commission, and private residents who have an interest in and concern for Kingston's rich past.

11/21/2020
New version of Kingston History Book!

The video shows several of the pages from the newly revamped Kingston history book. Order forms are available at town hall and the Kingston Community Library. Order your copy soon!

07/31/2020

Hi Everyone,
The Museum recently received a request for an image of Saint's Rest on Great Pond (Kingston Lake). We check our collection we don't have anything.

We also realized that we do not have many pictures of Great Pond, Half Moon, Greenwood Pond or Powwow Pond. If you have pictures of the ponds, or activities on the ponds (picnics, fishing, skating, boating, swimming) the Museum would be interested in the originals, scanning your images (originals returned to you) or getting copies from you. Please post here or email us at [email protected] so we can get in touch with you.

The Museum is still closed but our volunteers are still working on projects.

Please stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
Lesley Hume

THE OLD BALL GAME COMES TO KINGSTON NH ON SATURDAY JUNE 29TH AT 10AM CHASE FIELD        The Kingston Historical Museum w...
06/04/2019

THE OLD BALL GAME COMES TO KINGSTON NH ON SATURDAY JUNE 29TH AT 10AM CHASE FIELD

The Kingston Historical Museum will be hosting an old Base Ball game between the Portsmouth Rockinghams of Portsmouth, NH and the Lowell Baseball Nine of Boston, MA on Saturday June 29th at 10am at Chase Field, Chase Street Kingston, NH. The ball clubs are part of the Essex Base Ball Organization and will be playing by the rules of 1864. Players will be wearing old-fashioned wool-blend uniforms and boxy hats, and using period equipment. Players will instruct fans about the rules prior to the game and answer questions. The game is a real competition and not a reenactment.
The Portsmouth Rockinghams were a team that played in Portsmouth, NH in 1866 and 1867. The Lowell Baseball Nine of Boston, MA was founded in 1861 they named themselves after John A Lowell a crack ballists at the time and one who helped form the club.
This event is part of Kingston’s 325th Celebration and being held in conjunction with the Kingston Fire Association’s events on the Kingston Plains on Jun 29th. Come out and enjoy a great morning of base ball and learn about how the game was played in Kingston 155 Years Ago!

The Kingston Historical Museum is headquartered in the Nichols Memorial Library, and is open weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am to noon.

All of the Museum buildings including Firehouse, Grace Carriage Barn, Cobbler Shop and Tramp House, are open during the summer months on the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm or by appointment.

The Museum will be open on the following days in 2019: June 8th, July 13th, July 27 and 28th, August 3rd and 4th, September 14, and October 12th.

For additional information, contact [email protected] or leave a message at 642-5792 and we will get back to you.

05/06/2019

Hi All,

I need your help to complete some sections of the new Kingston History.

I'm looking for information on when Mommy Larson began her school and when it closed. Any photographs from your school days? Did anyone take a photograph when she was part of the 300th Parade?

Also, the YWCA was located where the Recreation Center is now next to Bolton's. It started in 1961 and was sold in 2008 to the Town of Kingston. Does anyone have any information about the camp and any photographs.

Does anyone know when the South Road Kindergarten closed? Any photographs?

Photographs and information can be posted here or send to [email protected].

Thank you for your help.
Lesley Hume

Captain Ebenezer Webster born in Kingston his powder horn handed down through the generations some interesting archives ...
03/04/2019
Powder Horn of Captain Ebenezer Webster

Captain Ebenezer Webster born in Kingston his powder horn handed down through the generations some interesting archives and the relic is in the collection of New Hampshire Historical Society https://www.ancestoryarchives.com/2019/03/powder-horn-of-captain-ebenezer-webster.html

Ebenezer Webster, Abigail Eastman, Daniel Webster, Colonel Edward K Webster, American Revolution, Powder horn, New Hampshire, Bernice Morgan, Anne French, Evelyn rint, Alice Foss, Mathel Lougee, Dot Sundgren, Lucy Pratt, Evelyn Lavoie, Evelyn Woodbury, Lucy Cutting, Marion Kittridge, Sara Smith, Rit...

10/22/2018

Hi all!!
The Kingston Historical Museum is rewriting the Kingston History book in anticipation of the 325th anniversary of the town next year. One of the items we need help with is to identify all the cemeteries and burial grounds located within the town borders. If you know of a burial ground near where you live, please let me know. Steve Sousa,
([email protected]). If you would like to help us out with preparing this history book, join us at the old Nichols Library, the Kingston Historical Museum, on Wednesday, 14 November at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about out great town.

10/03/2018
Judy and Larry Smith Oral History Interview

This is a portion of one of the videos interviews the museum has collected. If you would like to help us by volunteering to record additional interviews or if you might have a story to share, please contact the museum.

07/23/2018

KINGSTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
2018 KINGSTON DAYS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY – AUGUST 3RD
4:00 PM TO 7:00PM Sharing Kingston Stories

4:00 PM TO 7:00PM Museum Complex Open – 5 buildings

SATURDAY – AUGUST 4TH
9:00AM to 4:00PM Museum Complex Open – 5 buildings

10:00AM to Noon Sharing Kingston Stories

1:00PM to 2PM Discovering New England Stone Walls NH Humanities Program

2:00pm to 4:00PM Sharing Kingston Stories

SUNDAY – AUGUST 5TH
9:00AM to 2:00PM Museum Complex Open – 5 buildings

2:00PM to 3PM Kingston Thru Photographs Program

DISCOVERING NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS PROGRAM
Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. This program is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities.

Sharing Kingston Stories
The Kingston Historical Museum launched the “Sharing Kingston Stories” Project in 2016. This project is based on the same idea as the very successful StoryCorp project. During Kingston Days trained volunteers will be available to record your memories, old or new. Stop by during Kingston Days or you can schedule your interview in advance by emailing us at [email protected].

KINGSTON THRU PHOTOGRAPHS
The Museum will be showing photographs dating from the 1890’s to the present which are part of the Museum’s collection. Come see images from Kingston’s past and see how the town has changed.

The Saturday and Sunday Programs will be held at the Kingston Town Hall.

Voices of Distinction
07/23/2018

Voices of Distinction

As promised, announcement number TWO!

Voices of Distinction
07/23/2018

Voices of Distinction

As promised, the first of two announcements!

06/25/2018

Keep a lookout for the Sharing Kingston Stories location during Kingston Days. We are collecting memories of Kingston's history!

06/20/2018

The Kingston Historical Museum picked up several photos and stories during the evening Sharing Kingston Stories night recently. Keep a watch for our next Sharing Stories night. See you then.

11/16/2017

Kingston Museum begins work on the Town History for Kingston’s 325th Celebration

The Kingston Historical Museum has begun work on a revised and updated History of the Town of Kingston which we hope will be available for Kingston’s 325th Celebration in 2019. It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the History was last published in 1994. Museum is putting together a working group to be led by Bob Bean. This is a major undertaking and we are looking for members of the broader Kingston community who are interested in contributing to the project. Kingston we need your help!
We hope to capture the vitality of Kingston’s religious, business, civic, political, social and environmental organizations that have helped shape our community by working with their designated representative to document each group’s contributions. We are also looking for individuals with strong writing skills to join the working group who will work with these community groups to capture their activities over the last 25 years and to help develop new material that is relevant to each organization.
If you enjoy history and would like to help research and document various aspects of Kingston’s history there are many topics to explore including the carriage and poultry industries, local government and other political activities, educational institutions, natural resources and individual and family backgrounds.
The Museum will be holding an informational night about the project on Wednesday December 6th at 7pm at the Nichols Memorial Library located at 169 Main Street, Kingston, NH. Please come if you are interested in joining the working group or if your organization would like to be included the 325th History. If you are unable to attend this initial meeting please contact the Museum at [email protected] so that we can keep you updated or you can contact Bob Bean at 289-5027 if you have any questions. Don’t miss out on being a part of Kingston’s recorded history!
The Kingston Historical Museum is headquartered in the Nichols Memorial Library, and is open weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am to noon. All of the Museum buildings including Firehouse, Grace Carriage Barn, Cobbler Shop and Tramp House, are open during the summer months on the second Saturday of each month June through October from 1:00 to 4:00 pm or by appointment. The museum is also available for researching family histories.

10/25/2017

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials
The Kingston Historical Museum in honor of Veteran’s Day will host a talk by George Morrison entitled Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials”, on Saturday November 11 at 1pm at the Kingston Community Library. New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along Main Streets and 19th-century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, George Morrison located, inventoried, and photographed the fascinating variety of New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials. He shares his discoveries, from the earliest obelisks, to statuary and artillery, to murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings from the 1860s through the 1920s. Morrison has already traveled over 18,000 miles in the course of researching monuments and memorials, an interest sparked by a puzzling 1918 monument inscription. George Morrison earned a BA in History at the University of New Hampshire. He served for 27 years as a high school teacher. This Program has been made possible through a grant from the NH Humanities.
The Kingston Historical Museum is headquartered in the Nichols Memorial Library, and is open weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am to noon. All of the Museum buildings including Firehouse, Grace Carriage Barn, Cobbler Shop and Tramp House, are open during the summer months on the second Saturday of each month June through October from 1:00 to 4:00 pm or by appointment. The museum is also available for researching family histories. For additional information, contact [email protected] or leave a message at 642-5792 and we will get back to you.

Judge Ebenezer Webster, son of son of Ebenezer Webster and  Susannah Bachelder took after his mother as this newspaper c...
08/29/2017

Judge Ebenezer Webster, son of son of Ebenezer Webster and Susannah Bachelder took after his mother as this newspaper clip notes. He got her dark hair and eyes.
He m Mehitable Smith of Kingston, New Hampshire and m. 2nd Abigail Eastman, daughter of Roger Eastman and Jerusha Fitts.
According to sources he was apprenticed or "bound out" to a man named Brown, from whom he ran away at the age of 14 and went to live with the family of Col. Ebenezer Stevens.
Find a grave. The white quartz rock is a memorial stone in front of the Abigail and Ebenezer head stone in the back ground.
"Major Stevens was a very prominent man in Kingston history, for several years member of the assembly, four or five years speaker of the house, and a soldier of the early wars with the French and Indians. In 1710, when Captain Gilman went with a company in pursuit of the Indians who killed Colonel Hilton's men, Stevens was his guide, although in Colonel Potter's narrative it is stated that "Ebenezer Webster, grandfather of Daniel Webster, was the pilot" of the avenging party." (William Richard Cutter) read more click link https://books.google.com/books?id=836AIYBNCOoC&pg=PA2&dq=Ebenezer+Webster+Kingston+NH+House&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwip-5iczvzVAhXFOyYKHWpzBUcQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=Ebenezer%20Webster%20Kingston%20NH%20House&f=false

Sanborn Seminary 1985 50th Class Reunion "1935." The 1686 House William Currier, Raumund Terry, Helen Brewer Verge, Burt...
08/11/2017

Sanborn Seminary 1985 50th Class Reunion "1935." The 1686 House William Currier, Raumund Terry, Helen Brewer Verge, Burt Spofford, Gertrude Snow Barr, Jim Lawler, Audrey Pettngill Miles, Lee Carvarie, Marcia York. Amy Robinson, Flora Lessard Dennet, Martha Duly Shattick, and Doris LeClair Hogan. And another photo of the class during their time.

A share from Susan Johnson. Her parents, Frank Cavarie "Chippy" and his wife  "Mattie" Dutton. Frank was adopted by Dr. ...
08/11/2017

A share from Susan Johnson. Her parents, Frank Cavarie "Chippy" and his wife "Mattie" Dutton. Frank was adopted by Dr. Sweeney and lived in the home after his death. More to come......

08/05/2017

Visit the "Sharing Kingston's Stories" camper in front of the Grace Daley house right by the town hall. We will be collecting stories of what Kingston was like in the past. We are sure you have a story to share. Camper graciously loaned by Campers Inn.

07/26/2017

KINGSTON DAYS AT THE KINGSTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM>
The scheduled talk entitled “Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials”, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstance. Fortunately, Kingston Historical Museum had been able to arrange for a screening of the documentary “World War II New Hampshire” on Saturday August 5 at 1pm at the Kingston Town Hall during the Kingston Days Celebration. This documentary tells the story of life in New Hampshire during the Second World War. Through interviews, historic news film, photos, and radio reports from the battlefields, this documentary and discussion facilitated by John Gfroerer chronicles how a nation, a state, and the citizens of New Hampshire mobilized for war. John Gfroerer is a documentary producer and owner of Accompany, a video production company based at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. He has produced over 40 documentaries, ranging from profiles of towns along the Maine Coast to a history of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Gfroerer's work has been aired on public television stations, The History Channel, and many other venues. This Program has been made possible through a grant from the NH Humanities.
CALLING All KINGSTON VETERANS (who have ever called Kingston home and served in the armed serves) You are invited to joins us for a group photograph on Saturday August 5th at 2:30pm at the Town Hall. We would like to honor you for your service. Come as you are or in uniform.
We hope you will make time during Kingston Days to stop by the Museum and check out the exhibits, special our 2017 featured exhibits honoring Kingston’s veterans at the Nichols Memorial Library.
The Kingston Historical Museum is headquartered in the Nichols Memorial Library at 169 Main St. and is open weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9 A.M. until noon. All of the Museum buildings, including the Firehouse, the Grace Daley Carriage Barn, the Cobbler Shop and Tramp House are open during the summer and fall months 1-4 pm on the second Saturday of each month June through October or by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a visit or group tour contact Ruth Albert at 642-5508, leave a message at 642-5792 or email us at [email protected]

Kingston Historical Museum to Honor Kingston Veterans”>2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entrance in...
05/14/2017

Kingston Historical Museum to Honor Kingston Veterans”>

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entrance into World War I. The Kingston Historical Museum felt that this would be an ideal time to honor all of Kingston’s Veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present. We would be honored to include photographs of Kingston veterans in this exhibit. Please send your photographs to [email protected] or drop by the Nichols Memorial Library on Wednesday morning and we will scan your photograph. Please identify the veteran, service and years of service.



We are also interested in displaying military uniforms, hats, flags, letters, photographs, memorabilia acquired by Kingston veterans and their families. The items would be lent to the museum for a 1 year period to be included in the military exhibit. Please contact Gladys Ray at 778-9424 if you are interested in lending items.

It is the goal of the Museum to compile a comprehensive permanent record of the military service of Kingstonians which will become part of museum’s research collection. We would welcome information about veterans with a Kingston connection.

Photographs: Harry "Tom" Snow in his Air Force Cadet uniform. Daniel Payson DeRochemont, Civil War soldier.

The Kingston Historical Museum is headquartered in the Nichols Memorial Library at 169 Main St. and is open weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9 A.M. until noon. All of the Museum buildings, including the Firehouse, the Grace Daley Carriage Barn, the Cobbler Shop and Tramp House are open during the summer and fall months 1-4 pm on the second Saturday of each month June through October or by appointment. For additional information or to schedule a visit or group tour contact Ruth Albert at 642-5508 or leave a message at 642-5792 and she will return the call.

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The Kingston Historical Museum is requesting photos of how you and your family are spending your time during the Covid 19 Pandemic. In 15, 25, or 50 years from now the Museum may have a display on what we were doing during this time. Please send photos of: ~Your family engaged in "remote learning" vs attending school; students engaged in school work/activities. ~How you're spending your time. Family activities. ~How different you neighborhood/street looks...are there businesses closed near you? ~Any other photos relative to Kingston during this time period. Please email photos to: [email protected]
For months, a group of dedicated volunteers have been busy researching and writing an update to Kingston’s history. It’s peppered with wonderful, well- and little-known information, such as a the collection of Stone Age tools at the Historical Society, some that date back 8,000 years. And that the town must owe the British crown 325 peppercorns, its unpaid rent of one peppercorn a year as required by its original royal charter. (There are no pepper corns in the towns annual budget, so the bill must be unpaid?) Although the volunteers are writing the book, to produce it requires funds for professional design and printing. The Kingston Town History Committee is currently seeking financial help through donations and sponsorships to defray the cost of producing what should be a roughly 500-page, hard-cover book anyone would be proud to have on their bookshelf. The committee is accepting sponsorships in the amounts of $500, $275, and $100 in the coming weeks. Sponsors names will be prominently displayed in the book. Donation forms are available on the town’s website at, https://www.kingstonnh.org/sites/kingstonnh/files/uploads/sponsor_request_combined.pdf, But can also be found under the Museum and Heritage pages, follow the links to the History Book, Sponsorship form. For more information, contact Bob Bean at 603-289-5027 or [email protected], as well as Lesley Hume at 603-702-2021 or [email protected].
When the Town Hall was burned in 1928, a lot of original records were lost. However, in 1885 Marcus M. Bartlett (no known relation to Josiah??) transcribed a whole bunch of our early records, among them the attached from May 1st, 1775. At which time Kingston created a group of militia called "Minute Men", to "...perserve the public peice " (sic). That would have been just after hearing about the famous stand by the Concord, Mass. Minute Men in April of that year. In this town meeting we also voted to send Josiah Bartlett to a meeting of regional parishes as a Deputie. Kingston was right in the middle of the American Revolution.
I am interested in visiting the Museum but can not find a way to determine the dates and times it is open. I remember seeing a sign that said it was open on Wednesdays, but wondered what hours it would be open. Is it every Wed. or just a couple a month? I was at the Public library a few weeks ago and drove past the Museum, but we were there on Thursday, and it wasn't open. I would like to visit, but don't want to drive all the way up there without knowning if it would be open or not. Any assistance? Thanks. Marcia
I love the photo of the band on the boat!!! Kingston must have been a "happening place" back then! Still is!!💕
Hello Kingston, NH Museum - I'm researching the death of a local physicia in town. His name was Fred W. Ingalls. I'm wondering if there are any Ingalls in town who may've been related and who may know something of the family history. He died on March 14th, 1894 at the age of 35. He was originally from Canturbury but was a physcian in Kingston when he passed. Any help is appreciated!
My great grandfather!
Salisbury Historical Society, NH In doing research for The Salisbury Historical Society of New Hampshire I see that our towns were in the past deeply connected in fact the Proprietors from Kingston were the key to establishing the very town of Salisbury NH. Several of our pioneer families hail from Kingston adn moved to the frontier. Currently this month we are focusing on what was likely our very first church which once existed high on a hill with a sweeping view. In 1764 I see that Deacon Elisha Swett and Jonathan Woodman in Kingston selected the site in our town, 10 acres on Searle's Hill called afterwards. In Kingston April 7, 1768 pews were sold to help fund the church. John Calef, David Tiltion, Samuel French and Jonathan Ladd purchased pews as did Josiah Bartlett all this according to John Dearborn in his History of Salisbury NH. There the Websters attended as well as your Josiah Bartlett from time to time while visitng his nephew Dr. Joseph Bartlett. The church that is shown in our profile picture is a reconstructed building 1791, using the materials from the original on Searles Hill which was moved to a lower land site in a part of town growing in population toward the end of the 1700's. Recently, we had an event for fourth graders which included a cemetery walk and our reenactor as Reuben True told about his love and wife Rhoda Bartlett True daughter of Josiah Bartlett. Thank you to the Proprietors of Kingston for establishing Salisbury! #searleshill,#josiahbartlett