Nearly $12 Million Awarded for Preservation Planning, Heritage Tourism & Capital Projects in NJ

The New Jersey Historic Trust (Trust), an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today approved $11,902,723 in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund (Fund) for 67 preservation planning, heritage tourism and capital projects to save and promote historic sites throughout the state. Implementing legislation signed by Governor Murphy in June increased the Trust’s portion of the corporate business tax dedication from 5% to 7%. The grant recommendations, approved by the New Jersey Historic Trust Board, will be presented to the Garden State Preservation Trust at its next meeting on October 8, 2019. The grants will then require a legislative appropriations bill and the governor’s approval before funds become available.

“Historic structures and places are a foundational part of our towns that serve as community gathering spaces, heritage and tourism attractions, and places of recreation and respite – they are the places we love and they are so vital to improving New Jersey’s economy and quality of life,” said Acting Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “Preserving our treasured historic places through these Trust grant awards will also help to ensure that future generations will benefit from knowing and experiencing their rich and storied past.”

Twenty-six of the grants will help fund preservation planning projects such as condition assessments, historic structure reports, archaeological investigations, and construction documents. Three grants will help fund heritage tourism initiatives to improve visitors’ experiences at historic sites. Thirty-eight grants will fund capital preservation projects on sites listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. All of the grants awarded to nonprofit organizations or entities of municipal, county, and state government require a recipient match.

New this year, the Trust accepted applications for large-scale, multi-phased projects. Five of the thirty-eight capital grants were approved for their first phase. Future phases will be allocated in subsequent appropriations.

“We are very excited to recommend so many worthwhile projects for funding. The increase in the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund has enabled the Trust to help many more historic sites” said Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy P. Guzzo. “Increasing access to our state’s historic places is a top priority for the Trust. Sites from every corner of the state are reflected in this list.”

Funding for the current grant round is dedicated from a voter-approved constitutional amendment that created the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund, which is supported by income from the corporate business tax and will receive an annual allocation in support of historic preservation. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and voter-supported referendums that have committed over $156  million to more than 900 historic preservation projects since 1990. All funded resources are listed in the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, either individually or within designated historic districts.

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. The Trust became a DCA affiliate in 2002 in an effort to better align the state’s smart growth initiatives with historic revitalization. Its mission is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.

2019 Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grant Recipients

Note: the project names are as listed in the National Register of Historic Places and may not reflect the current names of the property.  Projects are listed in each category alphabetically by county.

Historic Site Management Grants for Planning Documents (up to $50,000)




Project Name


Property County

Property Municipality  

Grant Award


New Milford Borough

French Huguenot Cemetery and Huguenot Church Site Historic District Bergen  

New Milford Borough

Alice Paul Institute Alice Paul Birthplace (Paulsdale) Burlington Mt. Laurel Township $27,263.00
Shipman Mansion Foundation, Inc. Red Dragon Canoe Club Burlington Edgewater Park Township $15,150.00
Doane Academy Doane Academy Site Burlington Burlington City $41,524.00
John Woolman Memorial Association John Woolman Memorial House Burlington Mount Holly Township $38,445.00
New Hanover Township General Edward S. Godfrey House Burlington New Hanover Township $30,000.00
Haddonfield Friends School Haddonfield Friends School Camden Haddonfield Borough $50,000.00
Camden County Historical Society Benjamin Cooper Ferry and Tavern Camden Camden City $50,000.00
City of Jersey City Van Vorst Park Historic District Hudson Jersey City $45,000.00
Hudson County Lincoln Park (West Side Park) Hudson Jersey City $50,000.00
City of Bayonne Bayonne Truck (Hook and Ladder) House #1 Hudson Bayonne City $22,500.00
Trent House Association William Trent House Mercer Trenton City $46,950.00
Edison Memorial Tower Corporation bda/ Thomas Edison Memorial Center at Menlo Park


Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower Middlesex  

Edison Township

Allentown Public Library Association, Inc. First Baptist Church and Parsonage Monmouth Allentown Borough $18,750.00
Town of Boonton Boonton Ironworks Morris Boonton Town $50,000.00
Roxbury Township Lafayette School Morris Roxbury Township $12,815.00
Morris County Park Commission Merchiston Farm Morris Chester Township $50,000.00
Morris County Park Commission Mount Hope Miners’ Church Morris Rockaway Township $23,738.00
Morris County Park Commission Moses Estey House at The Speedwell Village Historic District Morris Morristown Township $23,625.00
County of Passaic Passaic County Courthouse Passaic Paterson City $50,000.00
City of Paterson Great Falls Historic District (Ivanhoe Mill Wheelhouse) Passaic Paterson City $50,000.00
Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, Inc. S.U.M. Auxiliary Steam Plant Foundation Passaic Paterson City $24,000.00
Friends of Passaic County Parks Westrevelt-Vanderhoef House Passaic Clifton City $14,049.00
Friends of Long Pond Ironworks Long Pond Iron Works (Hewitt Church) Passaic West Milford Township $13,447.00
City of Clifton John and Anna Vreeland/Hamilton House Passaic  

Clifton City

Musconetcong Watershed Association Hoffman Grist Mill Warren Franklin Township $50,000.00

Historic Site Management Grants for Heritage Tourism Projects (up to $50,000)



Project Name Property County Property Municipality Grant Award

Old Barracks Association

Old Barracks Mercer Trenton City $16,239.00
Trenton Downtown Association Old Barracks Mercer Trenton City $30,000.00
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Craftsman Farms Morris Morris Plains Borough $43,875.00


Level I Capital Preservation Grants ($5,000 – $150,00)


Applicant Project Name Property County Property Municipality Grant Award
Save Lucy Committee, Inc. Lucy, the Margate elephant Atlantic Margate City $20,400.00

City of Linwood

Linwood Borough School #1 (Linwood Public Library)  



City of Linwood



The Shipman Mansion Foundation, Inc. Red Dragon Canoe Club  



Edgewater Park



Cherry Hill Township Barclay Farmstead Camden Cherry Hill Township $90,000.00
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities The Cape May Lighthouse  

Cape May


Lower Township



HCSV Foundation Spicer Leaming House (HCSV) Cape may Lower Township $51,200.00
Millville Army Air Field Museum, Inc. Millville Army Air Field Historic District  



Millville City




Gloucester County

James and Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield  



National Park Borough



Washington Township Historic Preservation Commission



George Morgan Jr. Stone House




Washington Township



Gloucester County Historical Society Moravian Church Gloucester Woolwich Township $90,000.00
1759 Vought House, Inc. Christoffel Vought Farmstead Hunterdon Clinton Township $15,000.00
Historic Morven, Inc. Morven Mercer Princeton Township $53,550.00
The Information Age Science and History Learning Center and Museum (InfoAge)  

Camp Evans Historic District




Wall Township




Allaire Village, Inc.

Deserted Village of Allaire Historic District  



Wall Township



Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation, Inc. Ayres (Knuth) Farm Morris Denville Township $73,000.00
Friends Meetinghouse and Cemetery Association of Randolph Township  

Friends Meeting House




Randolph Township




Roxbury Township

Morris Canal Inclined Plane 2 east Morris Ledgewood Township $50,040.00
Salem Old House Foundation Abel Nicholson House Salem Elsinboro Township $86,400.00
Peters Valley School of Craft Peters Valley Historic District Sussex Layton Township $51,150.00
Merchants and Drovers Museum Merchants and Drovers Tavern Union City of Rahway $150,000.00
Township of Mansfield Mount Bethel Methodist Church Warren Mansfield Township $120,000.00


Level II Capital Preservation Grants ($150,001 – $750,000)


Applicant Project Name Property County Property Municipality Grant Award
Friends of Historic Bernardsville William R. Allen School Burlington Bernardsville Township $746,250.00
Bayshore Center at Bivalve Bivalve Oyster Packing Houses and Docks  


Commercial Township $533,105.00
City of Jersey City Reservoir #3 Hudson Jersey City $750,000.00
Hunterdon Land Trust Case-Dvoor Farmstead Hunterdon Raritan Township $750,000.00
Township of Piscataway/Fellowship for Metlar House Metlar House (Knapp/Bodine House)  



Piscataway Township



Township of Rockaway Ford-Faesch Manor House Morris Rockaway Township $348,388.00

Borough of Seaside Heights

Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Carousel and Wurlitzer 146 Band Organ  



Seaside Heights Borough



Township of Berkeley Manitou Park School House Ocean Berkeley Township $656,537.00
City of Paterson Van Houten House Passaic Paterson City $250,000.00
Friends of Historic Bernardsville Dunster Squibb House Somerset Bernardsville Township $222,349.00
County of Union Feltville Historic District Union Berkeley Heights Township $450,000.00
Knowlton Township Historic Commission Ramsaysburg Homestead Warren Knowlton Township $365,725.00


Multi-Phase Capital Level II Preservation Grants ($500,000 – $750,000)


Applicant Project Name County Property Municipality Grant Award

Hoboken Public Library

Hoboken Free Public Library and Manual Training School  



Hoboken City




Hunterdon county Board of Chosen Freeholders

Flemington Historic District (Hunterdon County Courthouse)  



Flemington Borough



New Jersey Community Capital (Community Loan Fund of NJ, Inc) and the City of Trenton  


East Trenton Library






Trenton City




Township of Mount Olive Seward House Morris Mount Olive Township $504,675.00
County of Passaic Lambert Castle (Belle Vista) Passaic Paterson City $750,000.00


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