"Rural, historic Kingston ~ Univ of Rhode Island" Kingston by Pawtuxet

Kingston Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 23 photos

A Preservation conference at my Alma Mater

Each year the R.I. Historic Preservation Commission hosts an all day conference in one of our cities or towns. We visit a different community each time. It's a great day filled with people of like minds... professionals, specialists, old friends, historic home owners, architects, designers, planners, managers .... all having to do with historic homes and sites. This year the conference also combined "greening". The preservationists' claim is there is no home or building any greener than an old existing building. How green is my house re-cycling owners since 1770? No tearing down and using additional natural resources to build a new house for us!!
Our day is always filled with educational sessions, a variety of tours, information sharing, simple lunch while we network, and with any luck... sunshine.
The University of Rhode Island was established at Kingston in 1888 as the Rhode Island Agricultural School and Agricultural Experiment Station, by funding from The Hatch Act of 1887. In 1892 the Agricultural School became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts with funding from the Second Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890, later becoming Rhode State Island College in 1909 and the University of Rhode Island in 1951.

Kingston is an unincorporated village containing a National Historic District in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Kingston is the home of the University of Rhode Island and the Kingston Azalea Gardens. West Kingston is located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor with the historic 120 year old Kingston Station.

The village was originally called Little Rest, but was renamed Kingston in 1826. It was the county seat for Washington County (formerly Kings County) from 1752 until 1894.

Kingston's architecture (Federal, Greek Revival, Late Victorian) recalls its heyday as the county seat. Several of Kingston's historic buildings have been converted to new uses. The Kingston Free Library was once the county court house; the Rhode Island General Assembly met there in (alternating with the county seats in Newport and Providence) from 1754 until 1852. At the Little Rest court house in March 1790, Rhode Islanders (led by the Country Party) rejected voting on the U.S. Constitution, only to ratify it by a narrowest margin of any of the original 13 states (34-32) at a convention in Newport three months later. Other historic buildings in the village are open to the public. South Kingstown established the Kingston Historic District in 1959, and much of Kingston village became a National Register Historic District in 1974.

Old stone walls

These old New England stone walls were built when farmers developed their land for farming or livestock. They established their borders with these walls as a handy by-product of the rocky touraine. Today the walls are protected by legislation which places a fine for the destruction of the walls.
The walls were built without mortar, yet they have survived for hundreds of years. Some maintenance may be required.... consisting of picking up a few stones and piling them back into place. Simple... yet elegant...they are a welcome element of our landscape.

This wonderful lane, edged with old stone walls and plenty of foliage leads to the home of a prominent early family. Without pavement, telephone poles and the trappings of modern day "improvements" ... you can envision walking back in time.

  • Last visit to Kingston: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2009
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    nice page. i like that the place looks bicycle friendly.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    Hi, Janet! What a wonderful place! I spent a week at a similar place: De Pere, WI....

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    Thank you for that page, Janet, a very pleasant looking place indeed. Those dry stone walls remind me of some in Sth Aust.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    You are correct, Janet, I did enjoy the tour of Kingston from Kingston Station, Quad tour, architecture tour, to the stone walls, it was a delight.


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