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Kings County Court House (now a public library) where the Constitution was last voted against by Rhode Island in 1790
Kingston in 1900 on Kingstown Road near the intersection of South Road, showing the village well

Kingston is a village in the town of South Kingstownmarker, Rhode Islandmarker, United Statesmarker, and the site of the main campus of the University of Rhode Islandmarker. Much of the village center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Kingston Village Historic Districtmarker.

Nearby West Kingston is the site of the historic 120-year-old Kingston Railroad Stationmarker, which is served by Amtrak on its Northeast Corridor.

The village was originally called Little Rest, but was renamed Kingston in 1826. It was the county seat for Washington Countymarker (formerly Kings County) from 1752 until 1894.

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 Districtmarker.

The University of Rhode Islandmarker 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 Mechanical Arts with funding from the Second Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890, later becoming Rhode State Island College in 1909 and the University of Rhode Islandmarker in 1951.

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In addition to the university, major businesses in Kingston include American Power Conversion and the Arnold Lumber Company.


Public schools are operated by South Kingstown. Other educational institutions in Kingston include:

Churches and houses of worship

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

See also


Further reading

  • 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

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