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Historic House Museums in New Jersey

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for New Jersey current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in New Jersey that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Cape May

Emlen Physick Estate

Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ  08204
Phone: (609) 884-5404

Year Built: 1879
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children $5
Hours: See their website

A visit to the Physick Estate today offers a look back at our Victorian past as evidenced by its architecture, decorative arts, customs, and the lives of one particular Cape May family, the Physicks.

Historic Cold Spring Village

Historic Cold Spring Village

720 Rt. 9 South
Cape May, NJ  08204
Phone: (609) 898-2300

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children $8
Hours: See their website

Located in one of the great Victorian destination cities in the U.S., this museum features 20 restored buildings that represent a mid 1800s southern New Jersey village.

Eastampton

Smithville Mansion

Smithville Mansion

803 Smithville Road
Eastampton, NJ  08060
Phone: (609) 265-5858

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

Docents tell of the rise and fall of H.B. Smith, inventor and entrepreneur, his extraordinary accomplishments clouded by personal controversy. In H.B. Smith's old schoolhouse Smithville History Exhibit, 20 photo/narrative panels depict major aspects of the mill village and its colorful founder. Tourists visit Smith's "casino" annex, including card room, billiard room and bowling alley, then passes the site of Smith's zoo, through the grape arbors and rose garden courtyards. See the restoration work done to the exterior of the Mansion complex and gardener's cottage.

Elizabeth

Boxwood Hall

Boxwood Hall

1073 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ  07201
Phone: (908) 282-7617

Year Built: 1750
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

Built about 1750, Boxwood Hall became the residence of Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress that ratified the Peace Treaty with Great Britain. George Washington visited his friend Boudinot in 1789 on his way to New York for his first inauguration.

Farmingdale

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Allaire Village

4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ  07727
Phone: (732) 919-3500

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See

Within the 3000 acre park is an 1800 village that features several houses.

Flemington

Doric House Museum

Doric House Museum

114 Main Street
Flemington, NJ  08822
Phone: (908) 782-1091

Year Built: 1845
Admission Price: Free
Hours: By Apppointment

The Doric House Museum houses the Research Library and offices of the Hunterdon County Historical Society. It was built in the Greek Revival style in 1845 by Mahlon Fisher, a country carpenter of ability and taste, as his private residence. He also erected several other Flemington residences in the same style.

Haledon

American Labor Museum

American Labor Museum

83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ  07508
Phone: (973) 595-7953

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: 1-4pm Wed-Sat

The 1908 Botto House was the home of an Italian immigrant weaver and features period rooms and changing exhibits that illustrate the labor movement in the United States.

Hamilton

Kuser Farm Mansion

Kuser Farm Mansion

390 Newkirk Avenue
Hamilton, NJ  08610
Phone: (609) 890-3630

Year Built: 1892
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

The 17 room mansion built in 1892 for Fred Kuser sits on the restored 22 acre estate. The Kuser family was instrumental in forming the Fox Film Co. (later 20th Century Fox) and the house features a private projection and viewing room. Other rooms are furnished with original and period pieces.

Kingston

Rockingham State Historic Site

Rockingham State Historic Site

84 Laurel Avenue
Kingston, NJ  08528
Phone: (609) 683-7132

Year Built: 1710
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10am-3pm Wed-Sat, 1-3pm Sun

The restored house was Washington's headquarters Aug-Nov 1783 while the Continental Congress was in session. He probably slept here. The house is furnished in period.

Margate

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

9200 Atlantic Avenue
Margate, NJ  08402
Phone: (609) 823-6473

Year Built: 1881
Admission Price: Adults $8, Children $4
Hours: See their website

Undoubtedly one of the most unique Victorian homes in the country, this six story elephant was built in 1881 by real estate developer James Lafferty as a publicity stunt.

Montclair

Charles Shultz House (Evergreens)

Charles Shultz House (Evergreens)

30 North Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ  07042
Phone: (973) 744-1796

Year Built: 1896
Admission Price: Adults $8, Children $5. Members of the Montclair H
Hours: Sunday Tours at 3:30 from March - December

Built in the 1890s by Hoboken Savings Bank president Charles Shultz, this eclectic Victorian was home to the same family for 3 generations. It is noted for its remarkable state of preservation, with collections that reflect the family's love of science, technology, literature, and art.

Israel Crane House

Israel Crane House

108 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ  07042
Phone: (973) 744-1796

Year Built: 1796
Admission Price: Adults, $8; Children $5. Members Free
Hours: Open Sundays from 1 to 3 March-December or by appt

A 1796 Federal home built by prominent Montclair resident Israel Crane with an exterior kitchen and working hearth fireplace. The Nathaniel Crane House, also located at 108 Orange Road, features a 19th century general store, schoolroom, and a small Museum Shop.

Morris Township

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

353 East Hanover Ave
Morris Township, NJ  07962
Phone: (973) 326-7601

Year Built: 1891
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 8am-Dusk Daily

The 127 acre preserve features with formal gardens and naturalized plantings. The Colonial Revival mansion serves as the headquarters for the Morris County Park Commission and is open to the public.

Morristown

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

73 Kahdena Rd
Morristown, NJ  07960
Phone: () -

Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: Adults $6, Children $4
Hours: See their website

General Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere, bought the property in the mid-1800s and built the impressive Gothic Revival home, The Willows. Charles Foster purchased the farm in 1881, changing its name to Fosterfields, and it was here that Caroline Foster lived 98 of her 102 years. As she wished, Fosterfields offers an incomparable opportunity to experience our agricultural heritage, providing through its living history programs and tours a fascinating look at life in the late Victorian era.

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Historic Speedwell

333 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, NJ  07960
Phone: (973) 285-6550

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

The grounds preserve a portion of the Speedwell Iron Works, including the early 1800 home of Stephen Vail. The site was where Samuel Morse conducted his first public demonstration of the telegraph. There are also several other homes and farm buildings on the grounds.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

45 Macculloch Ave.
Morristown, NJ  07960
Phone: (973) 538-2404

Year Built: 1810
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students (over 12) $6, Chil
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 1-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm

Macculloch Hall, a Federal-style mansion built by George Macculloch in 1810 and transformed into a museum in 1949 by W. Parsons Todd, features Toddís impressive antiques collection, changing exhibits, and a collection of works by Thomas Nast. An oasis within walking distance of the business district, the museumís garden has many original plantings and landscape features, and displays seasonal blooms including numerous varieties of heirloom roses. The museumís three exhibit galleries complement ten period rooms furnished with fine English and American decorative arts. The museum offers a diverse schedule of changing exhibits, educational and public programs attended by thousands of visitors from throughout the United States.

Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park

5 miles s.w. of Morristown
Morristown, NJ 
Phone: (908) 766-8215

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The national park consists of four non-contiguous units: Washington's Headquarters with the Ford Mansion and Headquarters Museum, the Fort Nonsense Unit, the Jockey Hollow Unit, and the New Jersey Brigade Area. The Jockey Hollow Unit includes the Wick house (headquarters of General Arthur St. Clair), five reconstructed soldier huts, and approximately 27 miles of walking trails.

Newark

Newark Museum

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ  07102
Phone: (973) 596-6550

Year Built: 1885
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children $6
Hours: 12-5pm Wed-Sun

Built in 1885 for Jeannette and John Holme Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family, this brick and limestone mansion originally had 27 rooms, including eight bedrooms and three bathrooms. Part of The Newark Museum since 1937, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

Ocean

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Eden Woolley House
703 Deal Road
Ocean, NJ  07712
Phone: (732) 531-2136

Year Built: 1700
Admission Price: Free. Donations greatfully accepted.
Hours: Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 1:00 pm to 4:00pm; Thur. 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; 1st and 2nd Sun of month 1 to 4

In 2001, the Mayor and the Township Council moved to save the historic Eden Woolley House on the comer of Deal Road and Route 35. The developer of the Route 35 property agreed to move the Woolley House to the Haupt/Terner tract that is the site of the Public Library on Deal Road. The Council asked the Museum to make its new headquarters in the Woolley house adjacent to the Library, to be used as a new, larger facility for the organization to expand its programs, projects, exhibits and services. Volunteers from the Museum began the historical restoration of the House, named after Eden Woolley; Ocean Township's first elected committeeman, gentleman farmer, surveyor, and moneylender. Museum personnel used qualified contractors for the restoration while some of the work was completed by very competent volunteers. Grants, donations, fundraisers, Business Partnerships and the 2008 Society helped the Museum to reach its goal of opening the Eden Woolley house on July 5, 2009! The contributions of many business and individual volunteers helped immeasurably in the completion of this project. The Historically restored structure was first opened to the public in December 2008. The historical restoration was completed in April of 2009 and after moving the contents of the Museum from the Old Oakhurst School to the Eden Woolley House, The Museum was permanently opened to the public on July 5th, 2009.

Princeton

Bainbridge House

Bainbridge House

158 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ  08542
Phone: (609) 921-6748

Year Built: 1766
Admission Price: $4
Hours: 12-4pm Wed-Sun

Built in 1766 by Job Stockton, a prosperous tanner and cousin of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Bainbridge House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Princeton and one of the area's best preserved examples of mid-Georgian architecture.

Drumthwacket

Drumthwacket

354 Stockton St.
Princeton, NJ  08540
Phone: (609) 683-0057

Year Built: 1835
Admission Price: $5 suggested
Hours: Tours on Wed., Closed in August

Drumthwacket is the stately home that is today the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.

The Thomas Clarke House

The Thomas Clarke House

500 Mercer Road
Princeton, NJ  08540
Phone: (609) 921-0074

Year Built: 1770
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Daily sunrise to sunset

The Georgian style home was built about 1770 by Thomas Clarke, a Quaker farmer.

Ringwood

The Forges and Manor of Ringwood

The Forges and Manor of Ringwood

Sloatsburg Road
Ringwood, NJ  07456
Phone: (973) 962-2240

Year Built: 1807
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Martin J. Ryerson purchased the historic ironworks and began building the present Manor House in 1807 while still operating the iron mines and forges on the property. New York's Peter Cooper, a remarkable inventor and industrialist and his young son-in-law, Abram S. Hewitt, purchased Ringwood in 1854. The properties were purchased for the rich local iron deposits but Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt set about making the old Ringwood estate their summer home. Hewitt enlarged the Manor in the 1860s and 70s. The completed house contains 51 rooms built in a wide range of styles, that characterize the Victorian Period. This impressive house is 226.5 feet long and features 24 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, 28 bedrooms and more than 250 windows. The forges, mills, village and farms that serviced the iron industry gradually turned into the Victorian summer estate of the Hewitts, one of the wealthiest and most influential families of 19th-century America.

River Edge

Historic New Bridge Landing

Historic New Bridge Landing

1209 Main St
River Edge, NJ  07661
Phone: (201) 487-1739

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

The Steuben House, Campbell-Christie House and Demarest House are landmarks of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture, popularly called "Dutch Colonial" and frequently seen and admired throughout northern NJ.

Somerville

The Old Dutch Parsonage & Wallace House

The Old Dutch Parsonage & Wallace House

71 Somerset Street
Somerville, NJ  08876
Phone: (908) 725-1015

Year Built: 1751
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

The parsonage was built in 1751 and first occupied by Reverend John Frelinghuysen, who came from Amsterdam to serve three congregations of the Dutch Reform church in the upper Raritan Valley. The second occupant of the Parsonage, the Reverend Jacob Hardenbergh, founded Queens College in 1766 while residing in the house. While living at the Dutch Parsonage, the Reverend Mr. Jacob Hardenbergh sold 95 acres of land and a small farmhouse to John Wallace, a Philadelphia fabric importer and merchant. Between 1775 and 1776, Wallace purchased an additional 12 acres of land and built an eight-room Georgian style mansion adjoining part of the existing farmhouse. It was the largest house built in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. Naming his estate "Hope Farm," Wallace intended the property to be his country seat and place of retirement.

Trenton

1719 William Trent House Museum

1719 William Trent House Museum

15 Market St.
Trenton, NJ  08611
Phone: (609) 989-3027

Year Built: 1719
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors and Children $4
Hours: 12:30 - 4pm Daily

William Trent built his country estate north of Philadelphia, in New Jersey, at the Falls of the Delaware River about 1719. It was a large, imposing brick structure, built in the newest fashion. An "allee" of English cherry trees led from the entrance down to the ferry landing. Nearby, there were numerous outbuildings as well as grist, saw and fulling mills along the Assunpink Creek. In 1720 Trent laid out a settlement, which he incorporated and named "Trenton."

Union

Liberty Hall Museum

Liberty Hall Museum

1003 Morris Ave
Union, NJ  07083
Phone: (908) 527-8915

Year Built: 1772
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors, Students $6
Hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sat

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by New Jerseyís first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, the Victorian-style mansion houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museumís complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Wayne

Dey Mansion

Dey Mansion

199 Totowa Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
Phone: (973) 696-1776

Year Built: 1740
Admission Price: 10 years or older $1
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Wed-Sun

Constructed between 1740-1750 by Dirck Dey, a Dutch-born planter, the mansion is an amalgam of Dutch and English influences, a rich and dramatic composition of country and urban elements that had few mid-18th century counterparts west of the Hudson River. Dey, in all probability, left the completion of the mansion to his son, Theunis. During the Revolution, Theunis commanded the Bergen County Militia. Colonel Dey offered the easterly side of the house to General Washington when the commander-in-chief used it for his headquarters in July, October and November of 1780.

West Orange

Edison National Historic Site

Edison National Historic Site

211 Main St
West Orange, NJ 
Phone: (973) 736-5050

Year Built: 1887
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See

The site preserves the laboratory of the inventor and his home Glenmont. The 23 room Queen Anne mansion sits on a 15.5 acre estate and contains its original furnishings.

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