The Kingston Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting at 7:30 pm Thursday October 25th at the Kingston Fire House, 6 Heathcote Brook Road (just off Route 27) in Kingston. After a very brief business meeting, there will be an illustrated presentation entitled “A Lovely Place to Live: Heathcote Farm Gracefully Adapts to Changing Times” given by Clifford Zink, local historian, author and preservation consultant in Princeton, NJ. He is an expert on the Withington Estate - Heathcote Farm.
From its early 19th Century origin as the Withington Farm through its House of Refuge period, and its many decades as an elegant estate, Heathcote Farm has always adapted gracefully to changing times and changing needs.
In 2011 Clifford Zink received the John A. Roebling Award for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the area and is the author of five books including the Roebling Legacy and the Monmouth County Park System. He is currently compiling a history of preservation in New Jersey for the N.J. Historic Trust.
Kingston area residents know him for his work in the preservation of Heathcote Farm as a four-unit condominium in the 1980s, and for the Princeton Recollector Special Edition, September 1982 on Kingston’s Heathcote Farm that he authored; he described the building’s history, as well as its extensive landscape history.
All are welcome; the meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.