Kingston Village is home to a wide variety of artistic, cultural, historical, religious, social, and commercial institutions. Although some date back more than 200 years, together they form a vibrant community ready to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. Visit them all on fair day! Click on the red link to visit the website of any of our partners.
Arts, Culture & History
The Fayerweather Craft Guild, now in its 54th season, offers a unique inventory of gifts for all occasions, handcrafted by 40+ local artisans, for every budget. Our cozy shop, Fayerweather House, is a restored 1820 cottage, built by the Kingston Village blacksmith for his family and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Kingston Free Library serves the local community by providing a full range of library services with an extensive collection on-site as well as access to titles in held libraries around the state via the Ocean State Libraries Service. The library also sponsors author lectures and book signings, educational entertainment, family programs, multimedia events, children's story hours, and a summer reading program.
For more than 90 years, the South County Art Association has brought together local artists to promote excellence in art and to develop artistic appreciation in the community. Now composed of more than 350 members, the SCAA holds a variety of sales, exhibitions, lectures, and events throughout the year.
The South County History Center was originally founded as the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in 1958 by a group of local residents interested in history and historic preservation. The Society drew its name from the 1658 Pettaquamscutt Purchase, in which settlers purchased 49 square miles from the Narragansett Sachems. Now known as the South County History Center, SCHC is a leading research and archival center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of South County’s rich and diverse history.
Community, Social & Faith
For more than three centuries, the Kingston Congregational Church has practiced Christian faith and community in southern and central Rhode Island. Through all our life together, generation after generation, our faith has been rooted in the teachings of Jesus, who proclaimed the Kingdom of God in our midst. Our Congregational faith heritage stretches back to the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, and to the other English dissenters who founded the colonies of early New England. KCC is actively involved in the life of the village offering services of worship and special events throughout the year.
The Kingston Fire District is home to the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department --- the "Defenders of the Hill. It is is an all-volunteer, full-service fire department providing world-class fire protection, code enforcement, and emergency medical response services. These services are provided through a highly-trained, dedicated and adaptable force of volunteers known as the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company. KFD have protected the college campus, Kingston residents and visitors of the Town of South Kingstown since 1923.
The Kingston Hill Gardeners were founded in 1957 by a group of dedicated women from the Kingston, who were looking to stimulate the knowledge of gardening among amateurs. The group is made up of 30 Active Members and ten Associate Members. KHG regular meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, with a program of speakers, workshops and trips that provide enrichment for the members. KHG participates in the Kingston Village Fair with a plant sale in May. Fundraisers are held every other year for the purpose of providing the South County Community with an inspiring gardening presentation. Plant sale and fundraiser proceeds support youth environmental camperships and maintenance of the historic Fayerweather House grounds.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Located at 383 Old North Road, Good Shepherd is committed to a world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation. Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. St. Augustine’s Church is The Episcopal Center at the University of Rhode Island. We embody a progressive understanding of Christianity, enlivened by the URI campus community and its intellectual vigor. We offer a place to explore, learn, and inquire into your faith at any age. Our worship is come-as-you-are, child-friendly, and informal. Our life together offers camaraderie in the Gospel work of feeding, sheltering, and celebrating God’s goodness; practicing wise stewardship in creation; offering deep prayer; and hosting great parties.
Unique and Lively Merchants & Businesses
The Kingston Hill Book Store contains a large selection of antiquarian books in a variety of subject areas with particular concentrations in Rhode Island history, New England history, maritime, gardening, natural history, hunting and fishing, art, cookbooks, literature, poetry and children's books. It is also home to a handsome collection of antique prints and maps.
Located in the heart of historic Kingston Village at the Elisha Reynolds House (c.1736-1829), Lily's at Little Rest is open year 'round. Lily's offers spacious bedrooms and two remodeled bathrooms. It has an updated feel of simplicity and comfort within its historic walls. Mixing something old with something new, try taking a little rest at Lily's!
New in Kingston is Painted Karma, a "design-build" shop that specializes in custom furniture, farm tables, restorations, interior design services, lighting & audio concepts, artwork, hand-made textiles, home accents & so much more! Visit Painted Karma for incredible one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season with special sales through December!