Kingston, MA Real Estate Analysis
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.1 km2), of which 18.6 square miles (48.3 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), or 9.02%, is water. Kingston is bordered by the town of Pembroke to the north, Duxbury to the northeast, Plymouth to the south, Carver to the southwest, and Plympton to the west. Kingston is approximately 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Brockton and 35 miles (56 km) south-southeast of Boston.
Kingston lies on Kingston Bay, an inlet to the larger Plymouth Bay. The Jones River runs through the town from its source, Silver Lake, to the bay. There are several brooks that branch off the river, as well as several other smaller ponds throughout the town, including Muddy Pond. There is a state forest in the town, located in the southern portion of the town. Kingston is also the site of Gray’s Beach, in a neighborhood called Rocky Nook, just north of the Plymouth town line.
Massachusetts Route 3, also known as the Pilgrims Highway, runs through the eastern portion of town. There are two exits for Kingston, at the Independence Mall in the southern portion of town, and at Route 3A. There is also an exit just over the Duxbury town line where Route 3A again crosses the highway. The new highway portion of U.S. Route 44 passes through the southern portion of town, along the edge of the state forest, on its way to its new intersection with Route 3. Additionally, Routes 27, 53, 80, and 106 all end in the town, with all except Route 27 (which ends at Route 106) ending at their intersections with Route 3A.
Kingston is one of the two termini of the Kingston/Plymouth line of the MBTA’s Commuter Rail system. The Kingston terminus is located just off Route 3, north of the mall. Regional air service can be reached at Plymouth Municipal Airport; the nearest national and international air service can be reached at Logan International Airport in Boston.
Kingston is located on the 42nd parallel, recognized by a roadside memorial on Landing Road near the Bay Farms area.
Before European settlers arrived, Kingston was within the tribal homeland of the Wampanoag people. Even before the Mayflower had landed in Plymouth the Wampanoags were severely damaged from rapidly spreading pandemics from earlier contacts with Europeans. Several ancient Native American burial sites have been located within the borders of Kingston.
Originally the north precinct of the town of Plymouth, Kingston was first settled by Europeans in 1620, shortly after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Modern-day Kingston is believed to be the site of several bloody battles during King Philip’s War from 1675-1676. The residence of Governor Bradford was raided by the natives before the Wampanoags were defeated.
Kingston was incorporated as a distinct town in 1726, following a tax dispute between the residents of north and south Plymouth. Before then, Kingston was the upper class portion of Plymouth. Kingston is home to the longest continuously run boat yard in North America. The American Revolutionary War era brig, USS Independence, was built by Kingston shipbuilders and has emerged as a town icon, featured on the Kingston town seal, as well as the subject of the town song, “Independence”. The tenure of the Independence in the Massachusetts Navy was short, however; the ship was captured in battle off the coast of Nova Scotia by HMS Hope and HMS Nancy.
In the early-to-middle 19th century, Kingston flourished as a center for shipbuilding, as well as ice harvesting. Jones River Pond, the largest body of freshwater in town, was used during the long New England winters to harvest ice which would then be shipped throughout the world. Jones River Pond was even renamed to Silver Lake for marketing purposes during the height of the ice harvesting export industry and retains the name today. Kingston is also home to the first co-op store in North America, which was closed when the Silver Lake Post Office shut down operations in 1954.
In the 1950s Kingston was transformed from a small rural town into an extension of the Boston metropolitan area when Massachusetts Route 3 was constructed, connecting Boston to Cape Cod, with two exits in Kingston (and a third exit immediately over the town line in Duxbury). The town saw its largest population growth in the 1990s when the Old Colony Railroad was reopened as a commuter rail line, connecting once-rural Kingston with Boston, making Kingston an even more viable place for commuters to live.[
For more information on the town of Kingston, please visit the town web site at http://www.kingstonmass.org/
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- Kingston Elementary School
- K-2, public
- Silver Lake Regional Middle School
- 6-8, public
- Silver Lake Regional High School
- PK, 9-12, public
- Sacred Heart High School
- 7-12, private
- Sacred Heart Elementary School
- PK-6, private
- Fellowship Christian Academy
- K-8, private
- Kingston Intermediate School
- 3-6, public
- Sacred Heart Pre-Primary School
- K, private