Proprietary House Museum

Proprietary House Museum Built in 1762-64 by the East Jersey Proprietors, Proprietary House is the only official royal govern

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On Sunday, July 4th at 1 PM, please join Perth Amboy's Independence Day celebrations and the annual ringing of NJ's repl...
07/01/2021

On Sunday, July 4th at 1 PM, please join Perth Amboy's Independence Day celebrations and the annual ringing of NJ's replica Liberty Bell - at City Hall Park in City Hall Circle. Sons of the American Revolution and NJ Fife & Drums will be featured. This year there will be no procession from Proprietary House, as our museum is closed due to interior restoration work. However, we are proud and honored to participate in the city's celebrations with two of our trustees/officers scheduled to read portions of the Declaration of Independence. 18th century attire is welcomed! See you on the 4th!

Photos from City of Perth Amboy, Mayor Caba's post
07/01/2021

Photos from City of Perth Amboy, Mayor Caba's post

Happy birthday to Sandy Hook Light from fellow colonial historic site, Proprietary House, which also is celebrating 257 ...
06/11/2021

Happy birthday to Sandy Hook Light from fellow colonial historic site, Proprietary House, which also is celebrating 257 years since its construction was completed in 1764! Best wishes and may we enjoy many happy returns!

Happy birthday to Sandy Hook Lighthouse, first lit on this day in 1764. Built to help prevent shipwrecks that caused severe losses for New York merchants, the Light became a Continental Army target during the Revolution. Read more about Old Sandy's 257 year history: https://www.nps.gov/gate/learn/historyculture/sandy-hook-lighthouse.htm

04/20/2021

Visiting with our Royal Governor William Franklin today

Proprietary House’s neighborhood is in bloom!
04/13/2021

Proprietary House’s neighborhood is in bloom!

Proprietary House’s neighborhood is in bloom!

We wish all our members & friends a very happy Valentines Day!  We hope to be able to celebrate the day next year in the...
02/14/2021

We wish all our members & friends a very happy Valentines Day! We hope to be able to celebrate the day next year in the Governor's Wine Cellar!

We wish all our members & friends a very happy Valentines Day! We hope to be able to celebrate the day next year in the Governor's Wine Cellar!

We are truly PLEASED and PROUD to announce that, after 5+ years of hard work, ALL 149 windows at Proprietary House have ...
02/09/2021

We are truly PLEASED and PROUD to announce that, after 5+ years of hard work, ALL 149 windows at Proprietary House have now been restored!!! Congratulations and many thanks to Glenn Pike, our master carpenter, for his dedication and superb workmanship. Bravo, Glenn!!! And MANY THANKS to all the MEMBERS, DONORS and GRANT PROVIDERS, without whom the funding needed to carry out recent major restoration would not have been possible!

12/28/2020
With our museum closed this holiday season, we hope you enjoy this stroll down Memory Lane and Christmases Past at Propr...
12/28/2020

With our museum closed this holiday season, we hope you enjoy this stroll down Memory Lane and Christmases Past at Proprietary House ...

Holiday festivities at Proprietary House - 2015 - 2019

Holiday festivities at Proprietary House - 2015 - 2019
12/28/2020

Holiday festivities at Proprietary House - 2015 - 2019

Proprietary House Museum's cover photo
12/27/2020

Proprietary House Museum's cover photo

To our Members & Friends:  Best wishes for good health and much happiness during the holiday season and throughout the c...
12/26/2020

To our Members & Friends: Best wishes for good health and much happiness during the holiday season and throughout the coming new year!

Happy birthday to Rutgers! Here we see our Royal Governor signing the charter for Queen's College (later to become Rutge...
11/10/2020

Happy birthday to Rutgers! Here we see our Royal Governor signing the charter for Queen's College (later to become Rutgers).

Happy birthday to us!

On this day in 1766, William Franklin, the last colonial governor of New Jersey and Benjamin Franklin's son, signed the charter establishing Queen's College, the forerunner of Rutgers University.

254 years and we're still going strong. What's your favorite Rutgers memory?

Beautiful view of our “sister” State Historic Site!
08/08/2020

Beautiful view of our “sister” State Historic Site!

Menlo Park/Edison NJ — Breathtaking aerial photo that includes the historic Edison Memorial Tower, the museum and the Edison State Park all at the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Photo credit: Arthur Yam, DDS. Thank you Dr. Yam for allowing us to share this beautiful photo of yours.

Our Museum and Tea Room have been closed for several months now, due to restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID...
07/11/2020

Our Museum and Tea Room have been closed for several months now, due to restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. So, we thought it was about time to share some "history at home" with our Facebook Followers. This album takes you on a journey back to an earlier time when life in our mansion's waterfront neighborhood was similarly disrupted by the outbreak of another deadly virus.

Photos from Proprietary House Museum's post
07/11/2020

Photos from Proprietary House Museum's post

Happy Independence Day, 2020!  Since Proprietary House is closed and unable to host our usual July 4th reception, please...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day, 2020! Since Proprietary House is closed and unable to host our usual July 4th reception, please enjoy photos from last year's July 4th festivities!

If you are in Perth Amboy, please join Mayor Wilda Diaz at City Hall Park at 1:30 PM today for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Ringing of the Liberty Bell!

Independence Day Celebrations at Proprietary House & the State of NJ's Liberty Bell in Perth Amboy

Unfortunately, this year, we are unable to hold our annual re-enactment of the Arrest of Royal Governor, William Frankli...
06/19/2020

Unfortunately, this year, we are unable to hold our annual re-enactment of the Arrest of Royal Governor, William Franklin, due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In commemoration of the 244th anniversary of the royal governor's arrest, please enjoy photos from last year's re-enactment.

Once again, the June 1776 arrest of Governor William Franklin was re-enacted at Proprietary House. The arrest and departure of Gov. Franklin from Proprietary House marked the end of British colonial rule in America. Thanks to Ken Gonzalez, Ricky Aviles and Mary Ellen Pavlovsky for Album Photos.

On 19th June 1776 -- 244 years ago today -- British colonial government came to an end at Proprietary House in Perth Amb...
06/19/2020

On 19th June 1776 -- 244 years ago today -- British colonial government came to an end at Proprietary House in Perth Amboy. On that day, Colonel Nathaniel Heard and the Patriot militia arrested New Jersey's royal governor, William Franklin, and led him out of the mansion to be tried for treason and eventual imprisonment.

03/17/2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Proprietary House is temporarily closed until further notice. Stay Home! Stay Safe & Healthy!

Thank you!!!
02/24/2020

Thank you!!!

Another successful 1683 Society Coffee House in the 1762 Colonial Vault! Special thanks to Chris, Cindy & Anton, all the musicians and Ken Witkowski!

Bravo and many thanks to the 1683 Society, Ken’s Acoustic Brew and all the musicians who volunteered their time and tale...
02/23/2020

Bravo and many thanks to the 1683 Society, Ken’s Acoustic Brew and all the musicians who volunteered their time and talents for another successful Coffee House event benefiting Proprietary House this afternoon! And thanks to the audience who attended as well. We look forward to the next Coffee House afternoon on Sunday, March 29th.

Our "Chocolate by Candlelight" event is now SOLD OUT.  Thanks to all who have purchased tickets.  We look forward to see...
02/10/2020

Our "Chocolate by Candlelight" event is now SOLD OUT. Thanks to all who have purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you on Valentine's Day!

It still looks a lot like Christmas at Proprietary House!  Drop by today from 1 to 4 PM and take advantage of your last ...
01/12/2020

It still looks a lot like Christmas at Proprietary House! Drop by today from 1 to 4 PM and take advantage of your last chance to see the mansion bedecked for the holidays. Take a free tour of the Museum. Browse in the Gift Shop. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the colonial wine cellar (Adults $10 / 12 & Under $5).

There's still time to see the Royal Governor's Mansion bedecked for the holidays!  The Museum, Tea Room and Gift Shop ar...
12/29/2019

There's still time to see the Royal Governor's Mansion bedecked for the holidays! The Museum, Tea Room and Gift Shop are open today, from 1 to 3 PM, as well as next Sunday, January 5th!

12/24/2019
We had LOTS of fun caroling, Dickens style, in our history-filled neighborhood.  Special thanks to neighbors - John & Ch...
12/15/2019

We had LOTS of fun caroling, Dickens style, in our history-filled neighborhood. Special thanks to neighbors - John & Chris D**e, Cindy Gadek, and Ken & Jeanette Gonzalez - who invited us in to see their beautiful decorations and enjoy some treats of the season!

We had LOTS of fun caroling, Dickens style, in our history-filled neighborhood. Special thanks to neighbors - John & Chris D**e, Cindy Gadek, and Ken & Jeanette Gonzalez - who invited us in to see their beautiful decorations and enjoy some treats of the season!

The world of Dickens came alive in old Amboy last night, when we went a-caroling!  Thanks to all who dressed in their be...
12/15/2019

The world of Dickens came alive in old Amboy last night, when we went a-caroling! Thanks to all who dressed in their best Victorian attire and serenaded the neighborhood!

COME A-CAROLING WITH US!  The weather forecast looks good for this evening's musical stroll through the historic distric...
12/14/2019

COME A-CAROLING WITH US! The weather forecast looks good for this evening's musical stroll through the historic district. Caroling starts at Proprietary House PROMPTLY at 7 PM!

Don't be a Scrooge!  Come a-caroling with us at 7 PM on Saturday, December 14th and get into the holiday spirit in Dicke...
12/08/2019

Don't be a Scrooge! Come a-caroling with us at 7 PM on Saturday, December 14th and get into the holiday spirit in Dickensian style as we stroll through the historic district! View the lavish holiday decorations at the Royal Governor's Mansion, as well as at historic private homes. Indoor caroling, in case of inclement weather.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ... in hopes that you all will join us this evening at 7 for WASSAIL, W...
12/06/2019

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ... in hopes that you all will join us this evening at 7 for WASSAIL, WINE & SONG!!! See the museum's beautiful holiday decorations. Then party in the wine cellar!

The wine cellar has been decorated. The Madeira & mulled wine have been stocked and the wassail punch is being prepared....
12/02/2019

The wine cellar has been decorated. The Madeira & mulled wine have been stocked and the wassail punch is being prepared. And we are READY TO PARTY at Proprietary House like it's 1775! Join us Friday evening at 7 PM and have some holiday fun, colonial style! See Events posting for "Wassail, Wine & Song" and get your tickets NOW!

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149 Kearny Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ
08861

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Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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+17328265527

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On this date--November 17, 1813--William Franklin, the last royal governor of the colony of New Jersey, died in London. He served as royal governor from 1763 until 1776, when he was arrested for treason by colonial militiamen, led by Col. Nathaniel Heard, at the Proprietary House on Kearny Avenue. The story of Franklin's arrest by Heard is just one of the chapters in my book, "JERSEY STORIES: Stories you may not have heard about people and events in New Jersey history," and it was one of the most fun stories to research and write because of my familial ties to Nathaniel Heard. "JERSEY STORIES" is 183 pages of lesser-known stories about interesting people and unusual events from the Garden State's history. Among the other stories I tell: Albert Einstein’s years living in Princeton, a teenage Bruce Springsteen’s first time in a recording studio, President Garfield’s death in Elberon, the country’s first drive-in and fly-in theaters, a Garden Stater who almost became President, the Martian “invasion” of New Jersey in 1938, the Perth Amboy man who cast a historic vote 150 years ago, the Paterson silk worker who changed Italy’s history, various “firsts” that took place in New Jersey, and lots more! "JERSEY STORIES" costs $20. To pay securely with your credit card, send your e-mail address and quantity desired to [email protected].
A little bit of Perth Amboy Revolutionary History... from the 1832 Pension Application Deposition of John Schenck, son of William, Sergeant, Hunterdon County Militia ("Deponent"), describing events in 1776... ...Deponent served one month this tour, almost immediately after he returned home the militia was called again and deponent was drafted and went out again under Captain Cornelius Hoppock of Amwell the Company marched to Amboy [38 miles from Amwell] and lay there one month. James Stout was then lieutenant of the Company (he was afterwards a captain)—General Mercer was there then. And Colonel Thomas Lowrey. At that time the British was on Staten Island and appeared on the shore opposite Amboy and once fired a cannon across at the militia who were in the main street in Amboy the ball passed over their heads – but did no injury. Deponent served one month at this time – after it was over he was discharged and returned home – he never got a written discharge on this or any occasion when he was out – when they were discharged the officers would generally muster the company and discharge them verbally. He never knew of the militia being discharged in any other way [it is presumed these are answers he gives in response to questions from the judge(s)]– after he returned home there was another call and the Regiment met at Ringo's Tavern in Amwell – Col. David Chambers was then Col of the Regiment and William Chamberlin Lieutenant Col. Deponent then turned out as a volunteer in a company under Captain David Johns of Amwell deponent cannot recollect certainly who the Lieutenant was but thinks it was John Phillips (who was afterwards a Captain) with this company. Deponent marched to Elizabeth Town [42 miles from Amwell] lay there the principal part of the time and moved from place to place where it was required to help guard along the sound between Elizabeth Town and Amboy [30 miles round trip] – was at Smiths farm, at Hedges Mill, and other places guarded along the sound -- at this time the British was on Staten Island. Deponent served one month and then returned home [42 miles] – soon afterward there was another call for the militia and the regiment met at Ringo's – and deponent volunteered in a company under Captain James Stout (the same that was Lieutenant with him under Capt. Hoppock) – deponent marched with the company to Smith's farms on the sound.[at Perth Amboy, 38 miles] And the company remained in that neighborhood and stood guard at different places til this month was out. There was a magazine of powder and lead etc about 2 miles from Smiths farms. Deponent does not now recollect the name of the place deponent was on guard there part of the time. – the British still lay on Staten Island. – Smith that owned the farm where we lay was a tory and was on the Island with them. After that month was out they were discharged and returned home. [38 miles] Deponent again volunteered and went out another month under Captain Nathan Stout of Amwell, his brother [Moses?] Stout deponent thinks went with them at that time as Lieutenant, they marched to Amboy [38 miles] and lay there a month. – and were discharged [38 miles] – after that deponent again volunteered and went out one month under Captain John Phillips – they marched to Amboy [38 miles] and lay at different places along the sound til the month was out [38 miles] – deponent afterwards went out another month under John Phillips Captain making two months he was out under him at different times. Runk was Lieutenant --. Afterwards deponent volunteered under Captain Charles Reading of Amwell. Deponent then had a family and his wife being unwell he could not go with the company the day they started, but started the next morning alone and went on and met the company [1777 Oct ? written above text on this line] at Crosswicks in Burlington County [30 miles] this was at the time the Hessians were defeated at Red Bank on the Delaware and their commander Count Donop killed the militia was called to go and join the American troops to attack them. but the Hessians were defeated before Readings company got down to Red Bank [the battle of Red Bank ended October 23, 1777] and the company had turned about to march to Elizabeth Town. when deponent met them at Crosswicks and from that deponent marched with the company to Elizabeth Town [40 miles from Crosswicks] and staid there til that month was out. at that time General Jonathan Dayton of Elizabeth Town commanded the militia that was there, there was not many of the militia out there then. – they staid their month out and Capt Reading and all the company returned home [42 miles] and directly after their [militia?] was called again and deponent went with Capt Reading to Elizabeth Town [84 miles round trip] and served a second month under him – the British and tories still lay on Staten Island and there was frequent alarms. [this would before Oct 1777]
I'm looking forward to seeing this house.
It’s story behind it, year built 1762 One of the president son residing in it, Governor office. Love the story behind it.
Great history without a lot of HOOPLA!!!!
Proprietary House should be on top of the to-do list for anyone interested in United States' history. When you visit you will have a charming and informative experience.
It’s history coming alive before your eyes. Excellent for children and adults.
Everything about the place is just fantastic and so full of history. The staff that worked there are so dedicated to the home and truly love the house. If that doesn't inspire you nothing ever will
Fun multimedia look at Haunted Central Jersey, including a video & poll. See what local site is included and then vote for your favorite.
Have attempted to reach you by phone regarding the Central Jersey New Jersey Institute of Technology's Alumni Association wishing to tour the house on May 4, 2019. Please call me at 732.442.5425. Thank you very much.
We visited The Proprietary House today with family. We have not visited in quite a few years and are amazed at what has been accomplished in preserving this great historical site.
I'm looking for a date in early October when I can bring a group for a tour followed by a tea. I've messaged you and included my contact information. Looking forward to hearing back very soon so we can start our event planning.