Favorite Spots to Learn About the History of New Jersey
Home to towns like Princeton and our state capital of Trenton, Mercer County is filled with fantastic historical museums and meeting spots. We have decided to list a few of our favorite spots to learn about the history of New Jersey and some of our great state’s rich historical background. We know you and your family would enjoy a New Jersey day trip to any of these locations.
- Drumthwacket – The official residence of New Jersey’s governor since 1981, Drumthwacket plays an important role in the history of our state. Drumthwacket offers public guided tours of the residence on Wednesdays at 1 PM at no charge. You must make a reservation for your tour on their website. Admission is free.
- Drumthwacket is located at 354 Stockton Street in Princeton.
Drumthwacket, located in Princeton. Photo credit: Steven Lane.
- Howell Living History Farm – This farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890 to 1910. Admission and parking are free although there are sometimes costs associated with children’s crafts and events held at the farm.
- Howell Living History Farm is located at 70 Wooden’s Lane in Lambertville.
- New Jersey State Museum – The New Jersey State Museum contains four museums in one: they feature collections on Archaeology & Ethnology, Fine Art, Cultural History, and Natural History. As an added bonus, the site also features the largest planetarium in New Jersey, seating 150 guests. Museum general admission is free. Planetarium admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is free.
- New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton.
- William Trent House – The William Trent House holds a history in New Jersey that dates back to 1719. The Trent House opened as a museum in 1939 and was declared a National Landmark by the United States Congress. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.
- William Trent House is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton.
The William Trent House Museum. Photo courtesy of The Trent House Association.
- Civil War and Native American Museum – The Civil War and Native American Museum occupies a two story, seven room tenant house that was once part of the John Abbott II farm. The museum, although small, is the first Civil War Museum in New Jersey. Admission and parking is free.
- The Civil War and Native American Museum is located at 2202 Kuser Road in Hamilton. It is open the 2nd and 3rd full weekends of each month (except January and February) from 1 PM to 4 PM.