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Kingston, Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island
Census-designated place
Kingston, Rhode Island is located in Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Washington
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.1 km2)
Elevation 246 ft (75 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,446
 • Density 3,474.6/sq mi (1,341.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02881
Area code(s) 401
FIPS code 44-38980[1]
GNIS feature ID 1217812[2]
Kingston Village Historic District
Kings County Court House (now a public library) where the Constitution was last voted against by Rhode Island in 1790
Area 470 acres
Architectural style Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Federal, Colonial
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74000011[3]
Added to NRHP May 1, 1974
Kingston in 1900 on Kingstown Road near the intersection of South Road, showing the village well
Washington County Jail. This building housed prisoners awaiting trial in the county courthouse. It was built in several stages between 1792 and 1861 and is the current home of the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Kingston is a village and a census-designated place in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States, and the site of the main campus of the University of Rhode Island. Much of the village center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Kingston Village Historic District.


  • History 1
  • Nearby populated areas 2
  • Climate 3
  • Economy 4
  • Education 5
  • Churches and houses of worship 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


The village was originally called Little Rest, but was renamed Kingston in 1826. It was the county seat for Washington County (formerly Kings County) from 1752 until 1894, when a new courthouse was built in nearby West Kingston. West Kingston is also the site of the historic 120-year-old Kingston Railroad Station, which is served by Amtrak on its Northeast Corridor.

South Kingstown established the Kingston Historic District in 1959, and much of Kingston village became a National Register historic district in 1974 as Kingston Village Historic District. The historic district is located just outside of the campus of the University of Rhode Island, and contains many fine examples of 18th and 19th century architecture. The historic district includes 38 buildings.

The University of Rhode Island was established at Kingston in 1888 as the Rhode Island Agricultural School and Agricultural Experiment Station, by funding from the Hatch Act of 1887. In 1892 the Agricultural School became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts with funding from the Second Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890, later becoming Rhode Island State College in 1909 and the University of Rhode Island in 1951.[4]

Nearby populated areas


Climate data for Kingston, Rhode Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 37.7
Average low °F (°C) 18.9
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.5
Source: Weatherbase[5]


In addition to the university, major businesses in Kingston include APC by Schneider Electric and the Arnold Lumber Company.


Public schools are operated by the South Kingston School District. Educational institutions in Kingston include:

Churches and houses of worship

Religious denominations represented with churches in Kingston or on the university campus are Roman Catholicism, the United Church of Christ, Episcopalians, United Methodists, Baptists, and Judaism.

See also


  1. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  4. ^ "University of Rhode Island History". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Kingston, Rhode Island". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Gordon Research Conference Center". Retrieved 10 July 2009. 

Further reading

  • Images of America: Kingston by Betty J. Cotter. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, c. 1999 ISBN 978-0-7385-6364-0
  • Lost South Kingstown : with a history of ten of its early villages by Kathleen Bossy and Mary Keane. Kingston, R.I. : Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, c. 2004
  • A History of Kingston, R.I. 1700 – 1900: Heart of Rural South County by Christian M. McBurney. Kingston, R.I. : The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, c. 2004

External links

  • Town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island
  • Kingston, Rhode Island at DMOZ

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