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: River Edge
    1201 Main St. River Edge, NJ 07661
    Located at New Bridge Landing Historic Park, this 1774 house, built by Jacob Campbell, member of the Bergen County militia during the American Revolution, is now listed on the National Historical...
    City: Little Ferry
    Summit Pl. & Rt. 46 Little Ferry, NJ 07643
    African-American Cemetery on the National Register for the significant role it played in the enactment of New Jersey's early civil rights legislation as well as containing evidence of West African...
    City: Clinton
    7 Lower Center St. Clinton, NJ 08809
    The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design in a 19th century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In this unique setting...
    City: Morristown
    5 Olyphant Pl. Morristown, NJ 07960
    1760 home of Dr. Jabez Campfield, Surgeon General to Gen. George Washington. John Cochran was a guest at the home. Alexander Hamilton courted Betsy Schuyler here in the winter of 1779-1780. The...
    City: Sea Girt
    Sea Girt Ave. & Camp Dr. Sea Girt, NJ 08750
    The mission of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey is to preserve and explain the military heritage of New Jersey and enhance public understanding of how armed conflicts and military...
    City: Morris Plains
    77 Glenbrook Rd. Morris Plains, NJ 07950
    The Museum preserves Morris Plain's history by keeping a collection of artifacts, records and documents. Visiting guests can learn how Morris Plains has developed into the town it is today. Open:...
    City: Trenton
    15 Market St. Trenton, NJ 08611
    Trenton has been rewarding visitors with rich cultural and heritage experiences for 300 years. This rich history comes alive at Trenton's oldest surviving homestead, the 1719 William Trent House. ...
    City: Bridgeton
    50 E. Broad St. Bridgeton, NJ 08302
    New Jersey's largest historical district with 2,200 Colonial, Victorian and Federalist buildings. Brick walkways, lanterns and benches border the scenic Riverfront Promenade and Fountain Plaza, an...
    City: Paterson
    3 Valley Rd. Paterson, NJ 07503
    This 1892 brownstone and granite mansion, home of Paterson silk magnate Catholina Lambert, features period rooms, changing exhibits, plus a library and archives. Hours vary, call ahead.
    City: Chester
    66 Rt. 513 Chester, NJ 07930
    Corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat are ground here by millstones into meal or flour. This is the only fully water-powered gristmill in the state of New Jersey that continues to produce flour....
    City: Lincroft
    765 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, NJ 07738
    The Monmouth Museum features changing exhibitions and educational programs on art, history, science, and culture for adults and children. ...