Kingston MA Homes & Real Estate
Kingston is a residential community in Plymouth county bordered by Pembroke, Duxbury, Plymouth, Carver, and Plympton. It is accessible from three exits coming off Route 3A and is about thirty-five miles south of Boston. Plymouth is a short drive away and is a major local hub of shops, restaurants and activities to fill your days and nights.
When the Pilgrims came, the Kingston area was home to the Wampanoag tribe. There are several ancient Native American burial sites within its borders. It was once known as the North Precinct of Plymouth but began separating in 1717 when a group of 48 families petitioned before the town meeting to settle their own community. It was officially incorporated in 1726. Through the 1700s and into the 1800s, shipbuilding and ice harvesting were popular industries that supported the town. Workers would take ice from Silver Lake, which was once called Jones River Pond, and send it out around the world.
Kingston is also currently home to the longest continuously run boatyard in North America: Jones River Landing, otherwise known as AhDeNah Landing. Jones River links Silver Lake and Kingston Bay, which leads into Plymouth Bay. The river is strongly tied to the town’s history and is located in the northern part of town. Sampson Forest and Memorial Park consists of nearly 200 acres of preservation land next to the river and is home to wildlife and vernal pools. Its trail runs along the edge of the marsh and deep into the woods. There is a long list of preserves and forest trails connected to the river and 640-acre Silver Lake areas. You can also hold a private function at the Jones River Trading Post and enjoy a lovely view of the falls.
Kingston is a great spot for walking trails–perhaps to get your dog some exercise or just to enjoy nature. Bay Farm trails wind around a large field that opens up to a view of Kingston Bay. The nearly 250-acre Cranberry Watershed Preserve features sandy hiking trails and unused cranberry bogs and connects to Howard Brook Reservoir and Pine Brook Reservoir.
Back toward the center of town, Main Street, Green Street, and Summer Street create a triangle with many historical sites including prominent homes, cemeteries, a World War I monument, and other public buildings. Convenient sidewalks in this area make it ideal for pedestrians to stroll and take stock of the history.
Speaking of history... the Major John Bradford Homestead, located on Landing Road in Kingston, was built by and home to the grandson of Deputy Governor William Bradford, a Major in King Philip’s War. This battle between indigenous peoples and colonists over the land and its resources was fought partially in Kingston. The Jones River Village Historical Society owns and operates the house as a historic museum today.
Main Street, Rocky Nook, Stony Brook, and Silver Lake are some popular residential streets and areas. If you head west on 106 toward Plympton, the feeling grows more and more rural, peppered with old and newly built homes showing the range of Kingston’s age. This winding road also passes many cranberry bogs giving it a distinctly southern Massachusetts vibe.
Rocky Nook is a friendly neighborhood settled on a small peninsula with access to Gray’s Beach. It was once a summer vacation destination full of quaint cottages which have been transformed into year-round homes. Aside from the picturesque public beach, the 6-acre park includes a playground, a tennis court, a basketball court, picnic areas, and a snack shack. Residents and nonresidents can purchase beach parking stickers for the season and day passes are also available at the concession stand.
Wingate Residences at Silver Lake has senior housing with long-term care and rehabilitation services as well as independent living with a resort atmosphere on landscaped grounds.
There are a few apartment complexes in town but nearly everything is individual homes.
Kingston is a part of the Silver Lake Regional School District along with neighboring towns Halifax and Plympton. The towns share Silver Lake Regional High School and Middle School on Pembroke Street, while Kingston maintains its own Elementary School (kindergarten through second grade) and Intermediate School (grades three through six). Silver Lake runs a Career & Technical Education Program, and if students choose a vocation they do not provide, they are sent to nearby South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover. Red and silver are the colors of the Silver Lake Lakers.
The town is also home to the private, co-educational Roman Catholic school Sacred Heart. First opening a school for small children in the 1940’s, the Sisters of Divine Providence have since expanded their school to students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Kingston has Christian, Catholic, Unitarian, Orthodox, and Nondenominational churches.
The Kingsbury Club is a favored facility for active adults and families in the area. It includes a gym, many group exercise classes, tennis courts, a pool, swimming lessons, dining, and a spa.
The Kingston Public Library is a part of the Old Colony Library Network and hosts many author events and youth programs. They also manage The Adams Center, formerly the Frederic C. Adams Library, which is one of the town’s buildings recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you have a green thumb, the town has a few farms, a well-known garden center, a garden club, and a wonderful farm stand with fresh produce and other local products that have been family-run for over 60 years.
Once called the Independence Mall, The Kingston Collection is a shopping center with some restaurants, a gym, a bowling alley/arcade, and go-kart racing. Summer Hill and Kingsbury Plaza are adjacent outdoor shopping centers for running errands with big grocery stores, small restaurants, pharmacies, and banks.
Kingston has many bike-friendly roads and a strong cycling community. If you’re looking for other ways to get around without a car, pick up the GATRA bus at the Kingston Collection or Kingsbury Plaza stops for transportation along the SAIL route through Marshfield, Duxbury, and Kingston.
The Old Colony Railroad was first chartered in 1844 and subsequently expanded over much of eastern Massachusetts. It now operates as part of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, connecting the south shore to the city and much of the state, and giving Kingston a big commuter population.
Although Kingston is slow-paced, it has easy access to downtown Plymouth, the Colony Place outdoor plaza, and many beaches including Duxbury and the Cape for easy getaways and excitement. If you’re looking for a small, quiet town with rural and waterfront areas, Kingston may be right for you.
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