Kingston Mystery: The Glass Beach
There is a beach in Kingston that is awash in glass. Millions of pieces of old glass bottles are piled up at the high water mark to the depth of several feet, in some places the shards of glass outnumber beach stones.
Most of the glass is in the process of evolving to beach glass and show signs of water and sand erosion with jagged edges smoothed over time.
The glass beach is several hundred feet long and has been there for as long as anyone can remember. How it got there is a bit of a mystery.
Close examination of the thick old bottoms of some bottles show a glass blower’s markings or the imprinted logos of long gone dairy farms and bottling plants.
The current best guess of the origin of the glass beach at Bay Farm is this: Once upon a time (probably around the turn of the last century) there was a dairy farm there and broken or chipped bottles were dumped on the beach.
It was an old Yankee tradition – out of sight, out of mind. The beach must have been used as a bottle dump for scores of years. After dairy farm closed and all traces of a once thriving business were erased from the land, the glass remained.
You can explore the beach for yourself. Just go to Bay Farm and walk down to the ocean. As you face the Bay the glass beach will be to your right near the mouth of the Jones River.