Kingston, New Hampshire

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Kingston is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,862 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 6,163.[1]



Kingston was the fifth town to be established in New Hampshire. Originally, it was a part of Hampton, New Hampshire. After the King's War, the establishment of new settlements was made possible by peace treaties with the local Indian tribes and, in 1692, by geographical and jurisdictional agreements between the provinces of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Consequently, certain residents of Hampton, New Hampshire petitioned for a grant of a separate township to be created from the western part of Hampton. And so, in 1694, King William of England granted a royal charter establishing the town of "Kingstown", so named in honor of the King. Use of the title rather than the King's name was common at the time. The original charter still exists to this day.

Historic district

The Kingston historic district encompasses the town center of Kingston. Historic buildings and sites within the district include the Kingston town hall; the Josiah Bartlett House, home of a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence; the First Universalist Church; the Sanborn Seminary (the tallest building in Kingston); the Masonic building; the Cemetery at the Plains (where Josiah Bartlett is buried); and the Church on the Plains.

Notable inhabitants


Kingston is part of the Sanborn Regional School District, providing public education to students who live in Kingston, Fremont, and Newton.

Schools in Kingston are:

  • Sanborn Regional High School (grades 9-12)
  • Middle school students (grades 6-8) attend Sanborn Regional Middle School in Newton.
  • D.J. Bakie Elementary School (grades P, K, 1-5)
  • Seacoast Charter School (grades 9-12)

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