History in New Jersey

New Jersey has a long and distinguished history that dates back far before the American Revolution in which the state played a pivotal role.

Also known as the Garden State, New Jersey has been a center for high-tech industry and invention throughout its existence. Originally settled by Native Americans, New Jersey has welcomed waves of immigrants, from the Dutch and English in the 1600s to Asians and Latin Americans today. Read More

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    Old Barracks Museum
    City: Trenton
    101 Barrack St. Trenton, NJ 08608
    The Old Barracks was built in 1758 by the Colony of New Jersey during the French and Indian War as quarters for British regulars. In 1776 it stood witness to the Battle of Trenton, the turning...
    City: Somers Point
    1000 Shore Rd. Somers Point, NJ 08244
    Somers Mansion was built about 1725 by Richard Somers and is the oldest existing house in Atlantic County. Somers operated the first ferry across Great Egg Harbor Bay.
    City: Salem
    48 Rt. 623 Salem, NJ 08079
    Open Wed. 10 am - 3 pm, Sun. 1 pm - 3 pm. Tours are free.
    City: Princeton
    354 Stockton St. Princeton, NJ 08540
    Tour this beautiful Greek Revival mansion, the official residence of NJ Governors. Wednesday tours. Closed August. Registration Required. See website for details and registration.
    City: Perth Amboy
    63 Catalpa Ave. Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
    This 18th century residence was the home of Commodore Lawrence Kearny, sailor-diplomat, who initiated the open door policy in China during th 1840s. Open all year on Mon. and Thur. from 2 pm - 4 pm...
    City: Mullica Hill
    62 S. Main St. Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
    Creativity is the theme of the Harrison Township Historical Society's newest exhibition at the Old Town Hall Museum entitled Originals: 150 Years of Artistic Expression.  The first floor gallery is...
    City: Princeton
    354 Quaker Rd. Princeton, NJ 08540
     The Farmstead consists of a late 18th/early 19th century farmhouse, a large barn built in 1892, wagon shed, corn crib, three-bay garage, and garden sheds. Open certain Saturdays of the month from...
    City: Lawrenceville
    100 Meadows Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
    Built in 1761 by John Brearley, one of the original signers of the U.S. Constitution and the first Chief Justice of NJ. Call for tours.
    City: Wildwood
    3306 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ 08260
    Come and experience the history of the National Marbles Tournament. Memorabilia is on display located at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Call for hours of operation.
    City: Farmingdale
    4263 Atlantic Ave. Farmingdale, NJ 07727
    An early 19th century living history museum featuring costumed interpreters demonstrating early village life, a chapel and gazebo available for rental for weddings and guided historic student tours...
    City: Cape May
    1048 Washington St. Cape May, NJ 08204
    Tours of Cape May's only Victorian House Museum, built in 1879 by renowned architect Frank Furness, are offered throughout the year. Changing seasonal exhibits provide a glimpse of daily life in a...
    City: Trenton
    1 Memorial Dr. Trenton, NJ 08625
    Opened in 1932, the War Memorial was originally constructed to honor the men and women of Trenton and the surrounding area who laid down their lives during the First World War (1914 - 1918)....