New Jersey July 12, 2015
You’ll Want To Visit These 10 Houses In New Jersey For Their Incredible Pasts
New Jersey has a long, interesting history. First inhabited by the Lenape Indians, the area was settled by Europeans in 1524. One of the thirteen original colonies, New Jersey played an integral part in the Revolutionary War. A major port and hub of industry throughout the centuries, our state is home to a host of historical houses with rich pasts and cultural significance. There are dozens to choose from but these 10 places are a great starting point.
1. C.A. Nothnagle Log House, Gibbstown
Built between 1638-1643, this is the oldest surviving log cabin in the United States. The home is privately owned but free tours are available by appointment.
2. Walt Whitman House, Camden
This little grey home was where famed poet Walt Whitman lived out his final years. Open to the public as a museum, the home contains many interesting artifacts.
3. Ford Mansion, Morristown
Built in 1774 and owned by the wealthy Ford family, the home hosted George Washington in the winter of 1779. His study can be seen in the photo above. Now a museum, the home is open for guided tours.
4. Drumthwacket, Princeton
Built in 1835, this stunning home has been the official Governor's Mansion since 1981. It is available on Wednesdays for guided tours and regularly hosts special events.
5. Morven, Princeton
Built by Declaration of Independence signer Richard Stockton in the 1750's, Morven previously served as the Governor's Mansion. It is now a museum with incredible gardens.
6. Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus
This Gothic Revival home served as a resting place for both British and American troops during the Revolutionary War. It has hosted many famous guests including George Washington, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. It is now open to the public as a museum.
7. Liberty Hall, Elizabeth
Now a museum on the Kean University campus, this was once home to the first Governor of New Jersey, William Livingston.
8. Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Sandy Hook
The oldest working lighthouse in the United States, Sandy Hook Light is owned by the National Park Service and free tours are given seven days a week.
9. Boxwood Hall, Elizabeth
One of the oldest homes in New Jersey, Boxwood Hall is now a museum. It was originally the residence of Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War.
10. Ringwood Manor, Ringwood
Located in beautiful Ringwood State Park, this home was owned by a series of wealthy iron masters before being purchased by Peter Cooper. You may be familiar with his philanthropic work; he was the founder of prestigious Cooper Union and a Native American rights activist. His family donated the estate to our state in an effort to preserve both nature and history.
Connect to our state’s intriguing past at any of these amazing historical homes! Have you visited any yet? Share your stories in the comments below!