Kingston 300th Anniversary: List of Topics

From Kingston-o-pedia

PREHISTORY IN AND AROUND THE JONES RIVER

People of the First Light - the Wampanoag and other native people

Ancestors of the Wampanoag

Native American land use

Early contacts with Europeans

  • epidemics

Significant Native American sites

  • “Hall” property
  • Allerton site
  • Powers site
  • Resnick site
  • Williams site

TOPOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY, HYDROLOGY

Lakes, ponds, rivers and brooks

Topography

ENVIRONMENT IMPACT THROUGH THE AGES

Impact of Industry

  • Dams for Mills, Forges, etc.
  • Gravel Industry

Impact of Agriculture

  • Introduction of Livestock
  • Cranberry Industry

Fisheries Through the Ages

  • 1860s-1900: fisheries management
  • early 1900s: abandoning good practices, collapse of fisheries
  • late 1900s-early 2000s: dam removal, river cleanups.

Wildlife Through the Ages

  • Flora and Fauna
  • Endangered Species
  • Wildife Corridors Issue
  • Invasive Species

Development Through the Ages

  • Indian Pond Estates, etc.

Dam Removal

  • Wapping Road Dam
  • Elm Street Dam

Kingston Wetlands Protections Regulations of 1997

Groundwater Protection

Stormwater Management Plan of 2003

Landfill to Transfer Station

Erosion Through the Ages

Water Quality Through the Ages

Terrestrial Resources through the Ages

  • Designation of Open Space, etc.

THE ORIGINS AND PIONEERS OF NORTHERN PLYMOUTH (KINGSTON)

Pilgrim Exploration of the Jones River “Mourt’s Relations”

Pioneer Settlements and Early Proprietors

The Howland Settlement and archeological findings

Other settlements

TOWNSHIP

Causes of Early Dissatisfaction and Early Attempts to Separate pre-1717

The Original Petition and the Granting of a Precinct 1717

Major John Bradford and His Land Grant

  • Meetinghouse
  • Old Burying Ground
  • Training Green
  • School
  • Minister’s House

Granting of Township 1726

CHURCHES OF KINGSTON

First Parish Church / First Meetinghouse (1717)

  • The First 150 years / stories from the archive
  • The Three Meetinghouses
  • First Meetinghouse (1718-1798) the Pioneer Meetinghouse
  • Second Meetinghouse (1798-1851) a Bulfinch Church ??
  • Third Meetinghouse (1851) Charles Edward Parker architect
  • Rev. Zephaniah Willis
  • Augustus Pope
  • The Two Secessions: The Ministerial Fund Controversy and the Unitarian Controversy

The Baptist Church (1802)

  • First Meetinghouse of the Baptist Society (1805/06)

Rev. Samuel Glover

  • Second Meetinghouse of the Baptist Society (1835)

Kingston Baptist Church (1886) (now Restoration Church)

The Mayflower Church (Second Congregational Church) (1829)

  • (earliest meetings after succession at 249 Main Street.)
  • Rev. Joseph Peckham

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

  • Bradford House Mass

Mission Chapel: Church of the Visitation (1882) (now St. Mark’s of Ephesus Orthodox Church)

St. Joseph’s Church (1935)

CEMETERIES AND BURIAL GROUNDS

The Old Burying Ground (1717)

  • What it tells about Kingston’s 18th century community
  • Kingston Carvers and representative art
  • Interesting stones and people

Evergreen Cemetery (1854)

St. Joseph’s Cemetery (?)

GREAT SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Anti-Slavery

Temperance

Prohibition

Civil Rights

Women’s suffrage (?)

WOMEN OF KINGSTON

The Women’s Alliance

Helen Holmes

Emily Drew (see Hisotrians)

Sarah DeNormandie Bailey (see Historians)

Elizabeth Sampson benefactor

Helen Foster

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN KINGSTON

Slavery

Kingston Inn (1953-c. 1970) Patuxet House built in 1854

Twin Oaks Camp (1933-

THE ACADIAN REFUGEES

PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS

Native American Medicine

Dr. John Thomas (best known as a Revolutionary War General)

Dr. P. L. Nichols

Dr. Erastus Bartlett

Dr. Isaac Bartlett ( -1816)

Dr. O.W. Swope

Thomas B. Drew, II (1834-1898) dentist

LAWYERS

Joseph Beal

SEA CAPTAINS AND SAILORS

Captain Peleg Tupper

Captain Charles Foster

Captain Charles Adams -1867)

Captain Paraclete Holmes (1804-1867)

Captain Simeon Sampson (1736-1789) / Captain of the Independence and Mars (see American Revolution)

Captain (Commodore) James Sever (1761-) Capt. Of the USS Congress / said to have christened the USS Constitution.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND TOWN DEVELOPMENT

Highways and Byways

Water and Sewer System

Electricity Comes to Kingston

MacAdamized and Asphalt Roads

TOWN CIVIC INSTITUTIONS

Town Government

The Old Town House (1841)

Powder House (1804)

Police Department

Fire Department Surprise Hose Company 1887

Community Buildings Reed Community House (1926-)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Streetcars

  • Plymouth and Kingston Street Railway Co.

Trains

  • Old Colony Railroad (1845-1959)
  • MBTA Commuter Rail (1997)

Buses

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Pioneer Education

Early Town Schools

  • The North Precinct School (c. 1718) (Kingston’s First School)
  • “Traveling Schools” and Early Teachers
  • The Faunce School (Centre Primary School) (1841-1926)
  • Stony Brook School (1844-
  • The Old High School (1867-
  • Silver Lake High School (1955-

Teachers and Administrators

  • Giles Rickard, earliest teacher (and son) “moving school”
  • Walter H. Faunce (1832–1930)
  • Elsbeth Hardy teacher
  • Catherine Drew Russell (1839-1910) teacher

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The Academy (a school for boys)

  • Rev. Martin Parris on 249 Main St.

Ellis School (1842-

Sacred Heart

LIBRARY

Libraries before 1898

Adams Library (1898-1991)

Kingston Public Library (1991)

  • Jennie McLaughlin, librarian (1868-1947)

NEIGHBORHOODS

(ie. “Forgotten areas” like Silver Lake Grove recreational area)

“The Nook” “Ah De Nah”

EARLY INDUSTRY

Synopsis of mills, forges, iron works

Tacks

Discovery of bog ore/iron, its uses

Early inventors

SHIP BUILDING

Origins on Stony Brook/Tussock Brook

The Independence

Development of the Landing, 19th century

Key builders and yards, shipbuilding families

Rocky Nook, Delano’s Wharf

Economic hub

  • lumber and sawmills
  • dubbers to shipwrights
  • caulkers; joiners
  • Smiths to riggers
  • Crew members
  • Fishermen

Supplying industries

  • forges
  • blacksmiths
  • coopers
  • logging
  • ropemaking

Sample of captains and sailors

Decline after 1870

Yacht racing

Later shipbuilders continue tradition at Landing yard

  • Henry M. Jones (1859–1926) Ships of Kingston
  • Joseph Holmes (1772-1863)
  • George Shiverick (1870-1943)
  • The Drew Family Shipyard

BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS PEOPLE

William Myrick, tinsmith and the Myrick Block

Henry K. Keith Store – Burges and Bailey

David Beal Store

NEWSPAPERS

Kingston Reporter 1984 – present

Kingston Mariner 1998 – 2002

Kingston Observer 1987 – 1992 and 2002 – 2009

The Kingston Voice and Journal Opinion 1976 – 1981

The Independent 1978 – 1981

The Independent Voice 1981, 1984 –1986

AGRICULTURE AND FISHING

Native American Agriculture

Cranberry Industry

Helen Holmes

KINGSTON AT WAR

Kings Phillips War

  • William Bradford II
  • the Howland Brothers
  • Caleb Cooke

American Revolution:

  • Patriot Rev. Rand
  • William Sever and the Committee of Correspondence
  • Arming Minutemen
  • General Thomas and the Evacuation of Boston
  • The Declaration of Independence (beautifully written into the town records shortly after July 4th)
  • Peleg Wadsworth and the Minutemen
  • Officers and farmers (veterans of the AmRev)
  • The Trial of the Samuel Foster, Charles and Robert
  • Captain Simeon Sampson (1736-1789) / Captain of the Independence and Mars

Civil War

  • Veterans who served, fought and died
  • Martha Sever, Union Nurse
  • Help from home
  • The GAR-Martha Sever Post
  • The Monument (1883)

World War One

  • Veterans and service
  • Monument

World War Two

  • Veterans and service
  • American Legion Post 108
  • Monument

NOTABLE BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES and PLACES

The Great Bridge

The Point and Rev. Stacy’s House (1721)

The Bradford House c. 1704

The Willis House c. 1639

Widow Little Tavern 1714

Holmes / Brewster’s House 1690’s

SHAKERS AND MOVERS / MEMORABLE RESIDENTS

William Sever

Ebenezer Cobb (1694-1801)

Frederic C. Adams (1821–1874) benefactor

THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT IN KINGSTON

(Music, poetry, literature, drama, visual arts, architecture etc)

Literature and Poetry

  • Dolly Bryant Bates Hyde (1826 -1908) Four Years on the Pacific Coast
  • Benjamin Mitchel (“Cousin Benja”) (1828-1865)
  • Ruth Pauline Forbes Chandler (1894 – 1978)

Visual Arts

  • Helen Desire Foster (1900–1998) The town seal
  • Lillias Cingolani ( ) artist and founder of the Kingston Arts Forum
  • Ada Brewster (1842- 1929) artist
  • Gobin Stair (1912-2008) artist publisher
  • Carole Bolsey
  • Lothrop Holmes (1824-1899) well known decoy carver
  • Henry Peck, illustrator

Drama, Theatrical Events and Cinema

  • Mrs. Peabody’s Pew
  • The Kingston Drive in
  • Chris Cooper, actor in film and the theater
  • Maryann Leone, actor in film and the theater, writer

Music

  • “Pee Wee” Hunt, jazz musician

Restaurants

  • The Willis House Restaurant

SOCIAL CLUBS AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

Jones River Historical Society (Jones River Village Club)

Odd Fellows

Hilltop Club

Knights of Columbus

Kingston Yacht Club

Camps

(see Kingston at War for Veteran’s Organizations)

BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS THROUGH THE YEARS

CELEBRATIONS

Anniversaries Kingston’s 150th Kingston’s 200th

Old Home Days and Clambakes

Picnics and Cat Boat Races and Regatta Week

Flag Day

4th of July

Memorial Day

Parades and commemorations

OPEN SPACE, CAMPS and OUTDOOR RECREATION

Reservations and Hiking Trails

Parks

Public Athletic Fields

Kingston Playground (at the Reed Community Center)

Camp Nekon Lodge

Camp Norse

Camp Mishannock (see African Americans)

MEMORABLE EVENTS

Murder. Accidents, and Scandal

  • The Great Fire of 1908
  • The Murder of Cornelius Holmes

HISTORIANS

Cornelius Bartlett (1811-1880)

Thomas Bradford Drew (1834-1898)

Sarah DeNormandie Bailey (- 1932)

Emily Drew (1881-1959)

Doris Johnson Melville (