The Wapping district included the southwest part of the town and has had a shifting center of population the schoolhouse has occupied various sites to accommodate the changes in the neighborhood.

There are many explanations given regarding the derivation of the name of the neighborhood, only two of which seem at all satisfactory, and either of which seems reasonable. One of these is that Wapping was a name "transferred from English soil" and was so called from the old Wapping Road or Way which laid out to the westward from London Town. It is known that Dr. Samuel Fuller, Francis Cooke, and others of the early settlers were from London. Fuller and Cooke were neighbors at Smelt Brook, and the Cooke family took up lands in the west part of the present town of Kingston, within what was later called the Wapping School district. So the name may have been applied by some of them, or by others of the early settlers, because of associations.

The second interpretation is that it is of Indian origin, derived from "wappen" or "wappond", meaning"white birches". Certainly the trees are common hereabouts even today, and may have been noticeably abundant in that region in earlier days. Wapping is not an unknown name in other parts of the country. There is a part of Old or South Deerfield known as Wapping, for which an Indian origin was attributed. That would give weight to the theory of its Algonquian rather than its English source, for our own local Wapping.

The explanation that the name was originally "warping" and had to do with the weaving industry has little weight. In the records it is never spelled with an R, nor is it associated with that part of the town in which the Deacon Holmes House, where the weaving was done, was situated. The original Wapping was that region between Causaton's Pond and the Spring Brook Farm.

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