Historic Burlington County Prison Museum

Historic Burlington County Prison Museum Closed all legal holidays, Good Friday, Easter and the day after Thanksgiving. The Historic Burlington County Prison Museum is located in Mt.
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Holly, NJ and was in operation from 1811 through 1965. It was designed by architect Robert Mills and is a National Historic Landmark.

Operating as usual

The Historic Burlington County Prison Museum lost one its greatest fans last Friday. Dave Kimball, the co-author of the ...
01/18/2021

The Historic Burlington County Prison Museum lost one its greatest fans last Friday. Dave Kimball, the co-author of the book on the prison, a longtime member of the Prison Museum Association board, a former Burlington County Historian and a retired employee of the National Park Service passed. He also wrote a book on the Liberty Bell when he was stationed at Independence Hall with the Park Service.
He was the go-to person for information on the history of the prison and was always curious to find out more. At ninety years old he was still giving tours up until November, 2020. He will be greatly missed.

Burlington County Historical Society
01/12/2021

Burlington County Historical Society

Robert Mills designed the Burlington County Prison in Mount Holly (1811). President Andrew Jackson appointed Mills to the position of Federal Architect and Engineer. He also designed the Washington Monument and some other federal buildings in Washington D.C. The Burlington County Prison was one of Robert Mills’ first projects. #MountHolly #BurlingtonCountyPrison #BurlingtonCounty #RobertMills #Architects

Make Smithville a stop prior to Christmas. The village is only 10 minutes away from the prison.
11/25/2020

Make Smithville a stop prior to Christmas. The village is only 10 minutes away from the prison.

The December Program Guide is here! In this guide, you'll find a full list of programs being offered through December 31st, including all of the holiday happenings. The holiday season at Smithville Park will be filled with holiday trees, beautiful light displays, village tours, ice carvers, live reindeer and more!
Take a look inside!
https://view.publitas.com/p222-7429/december-programs/

Thanks for the grant!
11/20/2020

Thanks for the grant!

The Burlington County Prison is a National Historic Landmark designed and built in 1811 by Robert Mills, one of America’s first native-born and domestically trained architects who famously designed the Washington Monument. The prison remained in operation from 1811 to 1965 and holds the distinction of being the longest used prison in the nation. With its masonry construction and vaulted ceilings made of poured concrete, the building was also virtually fireproof and one of the first of its kind in the country. The Trust awarded a 2020 grant to help fund roof restoration. #preservenj

The Prison Museum is on this list. The building will get a new roof with the funds.
11/19/2020

The Prison Museum is on this list. The building will get a new roof with the funds.

Yesterday, the board of the Garden State Preservation Trust voted to approve 50 historic preservation planning, heritage tourism, and capital grants totaling over $10.7 million. Now, the process moves on to the legislature - stay tuned! #preservenj

William Trent House - Mercer County
Emlen Physick Estate - Cape May County
Ringwood Manor - Passaic County

The Washington Evening Star newspaper reported in December 9, 1886 that the jail of Mount Holly was haunted by the ghost...
11/18/2020

The Washington Evening Star newspaper reported in December 9, 1886 that the jail of Mount Holly was haunted by the ghost of Gail Clow (spelling is wrong, it is Joel Clough) who was held at the prison and executed off-site in 1834. Recent investigations by paranormal groups still report activity in the second floor dungeon.

It is hard to believe that in 1886 there were no beds or cots for the inmates at the Burlington County Prison. This arti...
11/17/2020

It is hard to believe that in 1886 there were no beds or cots for the inmates at the Burlington County Prison. This article is from the Camden Courier Post dated November 11, 1886.

Although this Dawn Redwood tree has nothing to do with the history of the Mount Holly Prison, it is always noticed by ou...
11/14/2020

Although this Dawn Redwood tree has nothing to do with the history of the Mount Holly Prison, it is always noticed by our visitors. The rare tree is the only deciduous tree in its species. So in the fall it sheds its leaves.
The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct but in 1944 a forester in Sichuan province in China found an enormous species. We are lucky to have one on our property.

A Mount Holly prisoner is captured shortly after escaping the jail according to The Morning Post of Camden, New Jersey o...
11/04/2020

A Mount Holly prisoner is captured shortly after escaping the jail according to The Morning Post of Camden, New Jersey on December 9, 1884.

A huge preservation grant has been recommended by the NJ Historic Trust for the Burlington County Prison Museum. This pr...
11/04/2020

A huge preservation grant has been recommended by the NJ Historic Trust for the Burlington County Prison Museum. This press release is long but it is listed under Level 2 Capital Preservation Grant.

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the New Jersey of Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today approved $10,227,499 in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund for 50 preservation planning, heritage tourism and capital projects to save and promote historic sites throughout the state. In addition to the Preserve New Jersey grant applications, two special initiatives have also been included for funding, the Passaic County Regrant Program and an allocation of funds to the Discover New Jersey License Plate Fund. Together, these special initiatives total $550,000, which brings the total amount of funds recommended for the 2020 round to $10,777,499.

“Investing in historic properties is key to preserving our past, present and future,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “Each project represents a piece of New Jersey’s rich history. Restoring and preserving these properties will allow for the continued use of these structures and ensure that they continue to enrich and benefit the communities in which they are located.”

Twenty-three of the grants will help fund preservation planning projects such as condition assessments, historic structure reports, archaeological investigations, and construction documents. Four grants will help fund heritage tourism initiatives to improve the visitor experience at historic sites. Twenty-three grants will fund capital preservation projects on sites listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. All grants awarded to nonprofit organizations or entities of municipal, county and state governments require a match from the recipient.

“We’re happy to recommend this year’s grants, which will help to provide the financial and technical support needed to stabilize and revitalize historic properties throughout the state,” said New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy Guzzo. “We will continue to advance historic preservation and ensure that our historic treasures are available for future generations.”

The grant recommendations, which have been approved by the New Jersey Historic Trust Board, will be presented to the Garden State Preservation Trust at its next meeting and require a legislative appropriations bill and the Governor’s approval before funds are made available. Funding for the current grant round is dedicated from a voter-approved constitutional amendment that created the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and voter-supported referendums that have committed over $166 million to more than 950 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.

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grant Recommendations

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

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

Applicant

Project Name

Municipality

Property County

Recommended Award

Palisades Parks Conservancy

Palisades Interstate Park

Fort Lee Borough

Bergen

$50,000

The Radburn Association

Radburn

Fair Lawn Borough

Bergen

$42,255

Woman's Club of Englewood

Brinckerhoff Carriage House

Englewood

City

Bergen

$39,600

Newton Monthly Meeting

Newton Friends Meetinghouse

Camden City

Camden

$21,390

Siloam Cemetery Association

Siloam Cemetery Historic District

Vineland City

Cumberland

$30,000

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society Building

Vineland City

Cumberland

$20,790

Montclair History Center

Israel Crane House

Montclair

Township

Essex

$45,150

Borough of High Bridge

Solitude House

High Bridge Borough

Hunterdon

$25,500

Trent House Association

William Trent House

Trenton City

Mercer

$42,360

Mercer County Park Commission

Pleasant Valley Historic District

Hopewell Township

Mercer

$46,937

City of Trenton

Mercer Cemetery

Trenton City

Mercer

$50,000

First Presbyterian Church of Trenton

First Presbyterian Church

Trenton City

Mercer

$44,482

Borough of Jamesburg

Ensley-Mount-Buckalew House

Jamesburg Borough

Middlesex

$48,750

Borough of Metuchen

Middlesex Avenue / Woodwild Park Historic District

Metuchen

Borough

Middlesex

$15,000

SLTCC Landmark Friends, Inc.

Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club

Rumson Borough

Monmouth

$17,738

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Madison Public Library and the James Building

Madison Borough

Morris

$50,000

Morris Museum

Twin Oaks (Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Residence)

Morristown

Town

Morris

$30,180

Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation, Inc.

Ayres’ Farm (Ayres Knuth Farmstead)

Denville

Township

Morris

$29,738

Borough of Mendham

Phoenix House

Mendham Borough

Morris

$12,000

City of Paterson

Great Falls / S.U.M. Historic District (ATP Site)

Paterson City

Passaic

$50,000

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Montgomery Township

Somerset

$50,000

NJ State Park Service

Six Mile Run Historic District

Franklin Township

Somerset

$23,531

Jerusalem Lodge No. 26 F & AM

Plainfield Masonic Temple

Plainfield City

Union

$45,000

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

Applicant

Project Name

Municipality

Property County

Recommended Award

City of Camden

Camden City Hall

Camden City

Camden

$50,000

Rutgers University

Queen’s Campus

New Brunswick City

Middlesex

$22,275

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

Grover House

Middletown Township

Monmouth

$22,291

County of Passaic

Dey Mansion

Wayne

Township

Passaic

$19,443

Level I Capital Preservation Grants ($50,000 – $150,000)

Applicant

Project Name

Municipality

Property County

Recommended Award

NJ State Park Service

Absecon Lighthouse

Atlantic City

Atlantic

$88,560

Borough of Fieldsboro

White Hill Mansion

Fieldsboro

Borough

Burlington

$24,000

Cape May MAC

Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May City

Cape May

$81,620

Llewellyn Park Preservation Foundation, Inc.

Llewellyn Park Historic District

West Orange Township

Essex

$150,000

Morris County Park Commission

Speedwell Village

Morristown Town

Morris

$115,000

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

Applicant

Project Name

Municipality

Property County

Recommended Award

Save Lucy Committee, Inc.

Lucy, the Margate Elephant

Margate City

Atlantic

$673,668

County of Burlington

Burlington County Prison

Mt. Holly Township

Burlington

$526,500

Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

USS New Jersey

Camden City

Camden

$500,000

Newark Performing Arts Corp.

Salaam Temple (Symphony Hall)

Newark City

Essex

$750,000

Borough of Hopewell

Hopewell Railroad Station

Hopewell Borough

Mercer

$249,907

Lake Hopatcong Foundation

Landing Railroad Station

Roxbury Township

Morris

$254,879

Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc.

King Store and Homestead

Roxbury Township

Morris

$177,127

Town of Boonton

Stone Arch Bridge

Boonton Town

Morris

$320,000

Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Mary Etta Cox House

Barnegat

Township

Ocean

$750,000

NJ State Park Service

Ringwood Manor

Ringwood

Borough

Passaic

$550,000

New Jersey Community Development Corporation

First Presbyterian Church of Paterson

Paterson City

Passaic

$750,000

City of Clifton

US Animal Quarantine Station

Clifton City

Passaic

$300,750

Stand Up For Salem

Broadway Historic District (J. C. Penney)

Salem City

Salem

$630,000

Township of Warren

Mount Bethel Baptist Meeting

House

Warren Township

Somerset

$218,495

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Inc.

Elizabeth and Gershom Frazee House

Scotch Plains Township

Union

$337,161

Musconetcong Watershed Association

Hoffman Grist Mill

Franklin Township

Warren

$525,000

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

Applicant



Project Name



Municipality

Property County

Recommended Award

Save Ellis Island Inc.

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Jersey City

Hudson

$560,422

Monmouth University

Shadow Lawn

West Long Branch Borough

Monmouth

$750,000

Special Initiatives



Applicant

Project Name

Municipality

Property

County

Recommended Award

County of Passaic

Passaic County Regrant Program

Paterson

Passaic

$500,000

New Jersey Historic Trust

Discover New Jersey License Plate Program

Trenton

Mercer

$50,000

A reminder that the Prison Museum in Mount Holly will be closed on Election Day. Please take the time to vote.
10/31/2020

A reminder that the Prison Museum in Mount Holly will be closed on Election Day. Please take the time to vote.

Four escape from the Mount Holly Jail in March, 1883 and one is captured in Philadelphia two months later.
10/28/2020

Four escape from the Mount Holly Jail in March, 1883 and one is captured in Philadelphia two months later.

One of the Burlington County Prison’s famous prisoners.
10/27/2020

One of the Burlington County Prison’s famous prisoners.

This week we are going to explore the weird, unusual, and maybe even scary. To start we are going to highlight a small pamphlet that we have in our collection that tells of the murder of Lizzie Peak by her lover Wesley Warner in 1897 Mount Holly. The pamphlet describes the events that lead up to the murder and after, and lists all the persons involved with the case.

Main Street Mount Holly sponsored a Witches on Bikes tour on Saturday. Some of them stopped by the Prison Museum this af...
10/24/2020

Main Street Mount Holly sponsored a Witches on Bikes tour on Saturday. Some of them stopped by the Prison Museum this afternoon.

Burlington County Parks are hosting a drive-in movie event on Saturday night in Smithville.
10/24/2020
Drive-In Movies Coming to BurlCo Starting This Weekend!

Burlington County Parks are hosting a drive-in movie event on Saturday night in Smithville.

EASTAMPTON, NJ-- If you are in the market for a safe, fun and free family night out, the Burlington County Parks System may have what youre looking for.

THREE PRISONERS ESCAPE, SCALE WALL The Camden, NJ Courier-Post reported an escape on Monday August 7, 1883.
10/20/2020

THREE PRISONERS ESCAPE, SCALE WALL

The Camden, NJ Courier-Post reported an escape on Monday August 7, 1883.

BURGLAR ARRESTED According to an article in the Saturday, February 25, 1882 New York Times a burglar was taken to the pr...
10/17/2020

BURGLAR ARRESTED

According to an article in the Saturday, February 25, 1882 New York Times a burglar was taken to the prison in Mount Holly while his partner escaped.

Two young girls sent to the Mount Holly jail! This article appeared in the Bucks County Gazette on June 1, 1882.
10/13/2020

Two young girls sent to the Mount Holly jail! This article appeared in the Bucks County Gazette on June 1, 1882.

I always find it odd that people were arrested for this. It also seems odd that only he was confined to prison!This arti...
10/13/2020

I always find it odd that people were arrested for this. It also seems odd that only he was confined to prison!
This article appeared in the Camden Courier-Post on November 7, 1882.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 11, 1881 that numerous articles were stolen from the Mount Holly jail.
10/13/2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 11, 1881 that numerous articles were stolen from the Mount Holly jail.

An unusual arrest was written about in the January 28, 1911 Asbury Park Press.
10/10/2020

An unusual arrest was written about in the January 28, 1911 Asbury Park Press.

A heavy price is paid for a small theft. This story appeared on August 27, 1881 in the Camden, New Jersey, Morning Post ...
10/10/2020

A heavy price is paid for a small theft.
This story appeared on August 27, 1881 in the Camden, New Jersey, Morning Post newspaper.

Some information on the various museums and galleries in the Burlington County Parks System.
09/23/2020

Some information on the various museums and galleries in the Burlington County Parks System.

We're back!
We are excited to announce that the Burlington County Museums and Galleries are open for visitors! The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Science,
The Prison Museum, and The Wardens House Gallery (all located in downtown Mount Holly) are open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM - 4 PM. No reservations are required. The Historic Prison Museum is available on other days for groups of 6 or less, upon request. The Friends of The Mansion At Smithville are accepting reservations for their tours, which will be held on Tuesdays and Sundays.
The Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery and the Workers House Gallery, both located within Smithville Park, are open to visitors on Wednesdays from 10 AM - 4 PM and Sundays, from Noon - 4.
The Wardens House Gallery is currently showing the work of Robert Cuff and the Workers House Gallery at Smithville is currently exhibiting the Birds on NJ, a collection of photographs from the Rancocas Nature Center Outdoor Photography Club.
Visit the Museums and Galleries page on our website to see everything you need to know before you go! We are excited to have you back!
http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/954/Museums-Galleries

Another death in the Mount Holly prison, this one is a suicide. This news brief appeared in the January 23, 1879 Philade...
09/23/2020

Another death in the Mount Holly prison, this one is a suicide. This news brief appeared in the January 23, 1879 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rarely is there a reward posted for an escaped prisoner. Here is a brief article in the Monmouth Democrat on October 2, ...
09/23/2020

Rarely is there a reward posted for an escaped prisoner. Here is a brief article in the Monmouth Democrat on October 2, 1879 for an escaped prisoner.

Election fraud was occurring back in 1879 according to a news brief in The Times of Philadelphia.
09/23/2020

Election fraud was occurring back in 1879 according to a news brief in The Times of Philadelphia.

GREAT NEWS!We have reopened. Our new hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. All visitors must wear fa...
09/23/2020

GREAT NEWS!

We have reopened. Our new hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
All visitors must wear face coverings, temperature screenings will be taken prior to entering, and social distancing is required.
No more than 6 people can be inside the building at any time.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the front counter.
Thanks for your patience. We are glad to welcome everyone back.

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128 High St
Mount Holly, NJ
08060

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For further information, call the Burlington County Parks Department 609-265-5858 (Mon. through Wed.) 609-265-5476 (Thurs. through Sun.) 609-265-5858 (voicemail)

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My great grandfather was a sheriff there way back in the day...🤗
are you open yet
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Seance Nov. 2nd was successful. Besides loved one's of those in the circle we also had a dog come through! He was running around in spirit like he use to do on the earth-enjoying the smell of his masters medical marijuana.. Certainly something I will not forget! We also heard footsteps and conversation downstairs while we were doing the seance, but we thought it was the Park Ranger. However, the Park ranger was outside watching the building.at the time we heard the conversation downstairs...Can't wait until the next one!
Thank you for Hocus Pocus movie night. What fun! The jail yard was packed, and we were able to view the art at the Warden's House before the movie started.
I'm confused, there seem to be 2 pages for you.
Please enjoy & share this link to my photos of Historic Burlington County Prison Museum in Mount Holly, NJ.
I escorted many up the front steps
Chelsea Klimkowski check this out
Are you guys open today?
Here's a link to a 1997 C-Span interview with Dave Kimball about the museum. //www.c-span.org/video/?87202-1/burlington-county-prison
I enjoyed my visit today very much. I will post a link to my photos once I get around to editing and posting them.