KINGSTON —Second graders from D.J. Bakie School in Kingston visited the Nichols Memorial Research Library and Kingston Historical Museum buildings on June 11, as part of an annual field trip. Students were able to learn more about their local history, including the once booming carriage industry, which is depicted in the name “Carriage Towne”, used by several businesses in Kingston. They also learned about Founding Father and second signer of the Declaration of Independence, Josiah Bartlett, whose house stands at 156 Main Street, opposite Town Hall, where students stopped to read the historical marker.
The town’s original 1895 firehouse serves as the main building of the museum complex, which also includes an 1880’s cobbler shop, a one-room 1907 brick tramp house, and the Grace Daley Barn circa 1834, which houses a collection of Kingston carriages, as well as an 1880’s horse-drawn hearse with sleigh attachment.
Some of the other collections on display included woodworking tools, which belonged to Charles Albert King, donated by his granddaughter Gladys Ray of Kingston, Original Bakie Brother’s Store items, once sold at the historic store on Main Street, and a display of World War I and II items, composed of ration books, gas masks, war helmets, and other soldier paraphernalia. Children also gathered around the circa 1920 “Credenza” Orthophonic Victrola, to see and hear what listening to music would have been like during the early twentieth century.
The second floor of the main museum building is currently renovations, but will be back in working order before Kingston Days, the first weekend in August. The research library, housed in the former public library on the corner on Main Street and Depot Road is open to the public for genealogical and local historical research Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m., or by appointment. Their collection also includes 120 volumes of the War of the Rebellion, and other materials pertaining to Civil War research. For more information feel free to stop by any Wednesday, or call Leslie Hume at 603-702-2021.