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When The Bradford House Was Attacked

The Bradford House was attacked, looted, and set on fire by a war party in the King Phillip’s War. One hundred years before the American Revolution we nearly lost the Bradford House when it was set alight by an Indian war party in 1676. The attack took place during the King Philip’s War. On a per capita basis, historians regard King Philip’s More...

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By Dennis Randall On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Brig Independence: Saga of the Ship on the Seal

Although the image of the Brig Independence graces Kingston’s town seal, the history of the ship and the saga of Simeon Samson, her Captain, remains a bit of a mystery to many in Kingston. Simeon was born in More...

By Dennis Randall On Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Life in the Summer Shack

As a kid growing up in Kingston I loved the summer time and I had the best of both worlds. Weekdays were spent at my grandmother’s rambling 18-room Victorian house on Grove Street and weekends were spent in a More...

By Dennis Randall On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Dan Fuller: The Hermit of Kingston

Walden Pond in Concord may have had its Henry David Thoreau but here in Kingston we had Dan Fuller. Dan was a hermit who became famous for being famous. Margaret Warnsman, at age 93 was the de facto town historian More...

By Dennis Randall On Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Day the Children Died: A Kingston Tragedy

The collective memories of a community define a town’s history. Events blend together to create an identity and that intangible sense of “place”. When critical events are forgotten a community looses More...

By Dennis Randall On Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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Searching for the Witness Stone

“I have got to be out of my mind,” I thought as I trudged thru knee-deep snow in search of one of Kingston’s “missing” Witness Stones. Leading the way was my cousin who said he had finally located the More...

By Dennis Randall On Friday, October 14th, 2011

True American Hero: Peleg Wadsworth Remembered

Almost lost in the pages of Kingston history is a genuine American Hero – Peleg Wadsworth. Peleg was born May 6, 1748 in Duxbury and lived in Kingston until 1775 when he went to war after recruiting a company More...

By Dennis Randall On Friday, October 14th, 2011

Fire & Ice on Silver Lake

Myrtle Bradford Higgins was my grandmother and she was an old Yankee with a distinctively ‘down-east’ accent. She ran a General Store at the end of Grove Street and was the last postmistress of the Silver Lake More...

By Dennis Randall On Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Trees Remember Kingston

It’s odd, but many of the things we believed as children we later ridicule as adults. I remember the summers around Silver Lake in Kingston. It’s the place where the child in me grew old. When I was More...

By Dennis Randall On Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Kingston’s Bog Iron

If you stroll along the shores of Silver Lake you’ll inevitability notice a few clumps of rusty rocks. These rocks are actually deposits of natural bog-iron which served as the basis of Kingston’s first industry. Bog More...