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Mother Goose Extravaganza!

Join us for a Mother Goose Storytime in the Adams Center full of songs and nursery rhymes with a very special reading of The Big Pop by the author herself, Jane Miller.  Copies of The Big Pop will be available to purchase and have signed. So come join us at Kingston Public Library for a fun-filled morning!

This program is recommended for ages 0-6, but older siblings are welcome. No registration required!

Masks are required for anyone age 3+.

Banned Books Scavenger Hunt!

Throughout history there have been many books that have been challenged or full-on banned at school and public libraries for various reasons. This year in honor of Banned Books Week and the ways in which libraries have attempted to stand against censorship we will be hosting a scavenger hunt for the whole family! Pictures of the covers will be hidden around the children’s room and participants will be given a sheet with matching photos to find. Once you find them all, show the librarian at the desk and you will receive a prize! (Spoiler alert: it’s a bendy pencil)

This program is for all ages, although the books that are showcased will be children’s books and age-appropriate for the room.

No registration required. Masks are required for anyone ages 3+.

Messy Art

Join us for a fun afternoon of painting under the library tent without having to worry about the cleanup!

This month kids will be painting pumpkins and experimenting with leaf painting!

The paint we will be using is washable but be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting messy in.

This program is for ages 0-12. Space is limited and registration is required.

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Among Us!

Do you think you’d be a great Impostor or Crewmate? Will you succeed in accomplishing your tasks? Or will your plan be thwarted by the Impostor? Join us in the co-op online game of Among Us! The game is free for Android and Apple phones and is available to purchase on the Nintendo Switch or on Steam. We will be using Zoom to debate and discuss our findings during Emergency Meetings.

Participants will be emailed the Zoom link the day of the program, and the game codes will be shared in Zoom.

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Fall Storytime

Join us on Wednesdays this fall for a storytime that’s fun for all ages! Each week we’ll build early-literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and more! This is a drop-in program that will be held in the children’s room. This program is recommended for ages 0-5, but older siblings are welcome to join.

No registration required. 

Masks are required for anyone age 3+.

part of Kingston from a 1903 map

Winthrop Street and the Hidden Historical Hand of Horatio

Kingstonian Horatio Adams has appeared in the Pique of the Week a few times (here, here and here… well, that last one isn’t exactly about him, but it’s a favorite!)

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Horatio Adams, 1846-1911

He was an prominent figure in Town history, but who knew he’d be right in the middle of a hot online debate in Kingston today? Read on and you will!

This tale starts with a sizeable parcel of undeveloped privately owned land — 46 acres “more or less” off Winthrop Street — currently under a purchase and sales agreement. Because it falls under Massachusetts’ Chapter 61A laws, the Town of Kingston has the right of first refusal before the sale takes place.

Screen shot of the 46 acres – formally Assessor’s Map 19, Lot 4; Tax Parcel: 019-004-000,  from Kingston’s GIS

Some residents are campaigning for the Town to buy the land and keep it as undeveloped open space. Others disagree. In the spirited online discussion of the last few weeks, the question of access to the 46 acre parcel has come up. On maps and plans, it appears land-locked, with no direct connection to Winthrop, Summer or any other public street, a serious obstacle to any use, public or private.

But ah, here’s Horatio’s historical hand…

part of Kingston from a 1903 map
Detail of Blackwater from Richards’s 1903 Plymouth County Atlas

Through the late 19th and early 20th century,  Horatio Adams owned land in and around Blackwater as the area was known, including an icehouse on the pond and  four acres of “upland and swamp in Blackwater” with a right of way to Winthrop Street over property to the south.

“Blackwater Pond and Ice House from that part of Winthrop St. (Blackwater Road) called the sand bank or the ‘dug-way’.” Photo by Emily Fuller Drew, circa 1925

Tucked into the legal description of the pending purchase agreement — Exhibit P-1-B2 in the Board of Selectmen Meeting Packet for the continued public hearing on March 16 —  for the 46 acres is this:

Parcel 3 … including specifically a ‘right of way for wagons from the granted premises Southerly over land of Standish to an old road (Winthrop Street) running East and West through land of Ellen Standish’ granted in Deed of Ellen Standish to Horatio Adams dated May 3, 1889.

Here’s that part of the recorded version (Book 576, Page 444) in the Plymouth Registry of Deeds).

snippet of deed

This deed signed 132 years ago shows that the 46 acres is not land-locked; there is deeded egress to the south. But where exactly is the “land of Standish” over which his wagons could roll?

Another dive into the Registry turns up another connection. In 2019, a 1.15 acre lot at 27 Winthrop was split from a larger parcel (the original and current 27 Winthrop), and sold.

“House on Winthrop Street (Kingston near Blackwater Pond.) Built by Isaac Holmes before 1714 (see Plym Co Deeds 102-384, (1714) Later owned by Ben Sampson.” Photo by Emily Fuller Drew, circa 1925. Note that this is the current 27 Winthrop.

That 2019 deed (Book 52134, Page 218) shows the sale “subject to other easements, restrictions and reservations of record.” One of those easements appears in a note on a 2003 survey (Plan Book 46, Page 6899) for an earlier subdivision of the original 27 Winthrop. It reads

Locus is subject to existing right of way and drainage rights from land northerly of the locus, as set forth in Bk 576 – Pg 444.

That is, of course, Horatio’s 1889 deed with Ellen Standish. The right of way it established is called out both in the current purchase and sales agreement, and  in the deed that transferred the 46 acres to its current owner (Book 3981, Page 476), and a number of other recorded instruments over the years.  This 132 year-old easement affects 27 Winthrop, the 1.15 acres, and the other subdivided lots south of the 46 acres.

map detail of properties on Winthrop
An annotated detail from Kingston’s GIS

In a final twist, the purchaser of the 1.15 acre parcel was an LLC organized just two months before the sale. Its manager? None other than the purchaser in the pending agreement to buy the 46 acres.

More to come as this interesting situation unfolds…

 

Sources: Plymouth Registry of Deeds plymouthdeeds.org; Town of Kingston kingstonmass.org; Massachusetts Corporate Database sec.state.ma.us/index.htm; and the Local History Collections of the Kingston Public Library.