North Plymouth 400
Exploring and commemorating
Kingston before it was Kingston
About us
The North Plymouth 400 is a voluntary association focused on exploring and promoting the history of Kingston through 1726, connecting communities past and present through the place where we live.

We are your friends and neighbors — elected officials, town employees, interested citizens and members of local organizations — gathered to research and present the pre-history of Kingston for residents and visitors. We’re focused on the historic communities, individuals, structures, events, geography and material culture in the part of Plymouth Colony that became the Town of Kingston in 1726.   We anticipate that this work will form the foundation for further collaborative efforts to celebrate the Town’s 300th anniversary in 2026.  

All are welcome to participate.

 Current members include the Jones River Village Historical Society, the Jones River Landing, the Kingston Business Association, the Kingston Historical Commission, and the Kingston Public Library Local History Room, along with a number of interested individuals.
Our goals

The North Plymouth 400 will serve as an information hub and provide collaborative support for

  • residents learning and sharing the stories of the place that became Kingston in 1726
  • groups sponsoring events during 2019 and 2020 that can be connected to the larger messages of the Plymouth 400 group
  • visitors who want to learn and see more of Plymouth than just the rock

 We’ll work with the Plymouth 400 to promote Kingston events through their calendars and media efforts. Events will generally be the work of participants, rather than the North Plymouth 400 itself.

Our projects

We’ve just started but we have ideas! We’re working on

  • this website and a social media presence
  • a long series of short articles in print and online media
  • a calendar of events shared with the Plymouth 400
  • a calendar featuring important Kingston dates
  • publications 
  • signage marking historical places, trails, structures.
  • walking tours and points of interest
  • and, we hope more…
Our people
The history of a place is the story of all of the people who have lived there. Kingston’s people date back more than 10,000 years, and that long history informs who we are today.
Our places
The bounds of our neighborhoods and the borders of our town define the physical place we call home.
More to come…
We’re still setting things up! 
In the meantime, email us at northplymouth400@kingstonpubliclibrary.org
Photographs courtesy of the Kingston Public Library Local History Room.
Sources: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16 and Glass Plate Negatives IC3 (2 & 4).
From top to bottom: 
  1. Jones River from Abrams Hill, about 1925. Photo by Emily Fuller Drew. 
  2. Map of Kingston, drawn by Helen D. Foster, about 1930. 
  3. Railroad tracks at the Ledges, near Elder’s Spring, 1920. Photo by Emily Fuller Drew. 
  4. Building the Kingston Playground (later the Captain Fred Bailey Playground), 1923. Photographer unknown. 
  5. Drew family gathering, about 1925. Photo by Emily Fuller Drew. 
  6. 237 Main Street, 1922. Photo by Emily Fuller Drew.