A Little Bit of E.K. History
Written by the Historical Society - 2019
East Kingston became a town in November of 1738. East Kingston was once a part of Kingston called Kingston East Parish, but was granted a separate charter in 1738 by Governor Jonathan Belcher. Several residents of East Kingston had petitioned Governor Belcher that its location was too distant from the Kingston school and place of worship.
The town grew up around the saw and grist mill at the Trickling Falls on the edge of Powwow Pond. Farms prospered on the good soil, and ice-cutting in the river was a thriving winter business before the age of refrigeration. The New England Brick Company was once a principal industry.
Agriculture is still a big part of the fabric that makes East Kingston what it is today. A few family farms that have been passed down through generations are still active, as well as many new businesses that are both agricultural or industrial based. The once active train depot was a big part of our history. It connected East Kingston to the world. Although it is no longer an active depot, it is a great reminder of our past.
Through preserving our past, together we can build a community of pride and a brighter future for our beloved town of East Kingston.
Important E.K. Information
Town Clerk & Tax Collector
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am - 2:30pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 7pm
Monday, Tuesday: 8am - 2:30pm
Wednesday: 11am - 7pm
Thursday, Friday: 8am - 2:30pm
East Kingston Police
Non-Emergency: (603) 642-5427
East Kingston Fire
Non-Emergency: (603) 642-3141
East Kingston Public Library
Monday & Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 11am - 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am - 1pm
E. Kingston Elementary School
EKES on the web: eks.sau16.org
SAU16 on the web: sau16.org
New to East Kingston? We've got just the thing!
For each new member of East Kingston, our Welcome Packet helps introduce you to the area!
It includes, but is not limited to:
You can download the Welcome Packet below, or visit the Library for a hard copy.
While physical hard copies of the town reports are located at both the Library and the Town Offices, we now have access to them digitally!
Thanks to an EK volunteer, the Town Offices, and the UNH Scholar's Repository, the majority of our town reports can now be found on the UNH Scholar's Repository website. They go all the way back to 1876!