When you think of Massachusetts, you often think of the incredible and well known city of Boston. But outside of this charming city there’s a whole host of other exciting destinations to discover including quaint villages, charming towns, stunning scenery and beaches that go for miles. The town of Kingston is definitely on that list.
Before European settlers arrived, Kingston was tribal homeland of the Wampanoag people before the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, during the Native American epidemic of 1616 to 1619. Kingston was originally established as Plymouth’s northern precinct in 1717 upon the creation of First Parish Kingston, which is now a Unitarian Universalist church in the town’s Center.
Kingston was later incorporated as a distinct town on June 16, 1726, following a tax dispute between residents of north and south Plymouth, when the parish was known as the upper class portion of Plymouth. Kingston’s borders were carved out of neighboring towns Plymouth, Duxbury, Plympton and Pembroke, all of which were incorporated before Kingston.
In the early 19th century, Kingston flourished as a center for shipbuilding, and ice harvesting. Home to the longest continuously run boat yard in North America, now named the Jones River Landing, the American Revolutionary War era brig, USS Independence, was built by Kingston shipbuilders and emerged as an icon, featured on the town seal.
In the 1950s Kingston was transformed from a small rural town into an extension of the Boston metropolitan area when Massachusetts Route 3 was constructed, connecting Boston to Cape Cod. On April 14, 1857, Kingston annexed a small part of Duxbury. It would eventually be the last addition to the town’s borders to this day.
With many local and close by attractions like Myles Standish Monument State Reservation, Plimoth Plantation, and the newly added Billy Beez, Kingston has proved to be a must visit place for tourists. With so much to experience in this amazing little historic town, you can be sure your next visit will be a memorable one!