Kearny Cottage

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Lawrence Kearny House
The Lawerence House in fall 2011
Kearny Cottage is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Kearny Cottage
Kearny Cottage is located in New Jersey
Kearny Cottage
Kearny Cottage is located in the US
Kearny Cottage
Location 63 Catalpa Avenue
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°30′23″N 74°15′57″W / 40.50639°N 74.26583°W / 40.50639; -74.26583Coordinates: 40°30′23″N 74°15′57″W / 40.50639°N 74.26583°W / 40.50639; -74.26583
Built 1781
Architectural style 18th century vernacular
NRHP reference # 76001166[1]
NJRHP # 1894[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1976
Designated NJRHP September 16, 1975

The Kearny Cottage is a historic home in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.[3] It is open to the public as a historic house museum and is operated by Kearny Cottage Historical Society.

Built in 1781, it was originally located on High Street but was moved to Sadowski Parkway when the last Kearny descendent died in the 1920s. The building was later moved again to where it now stands at 63 Catalpa Avenue, just inland from the mouth of the Raritan River. The four-room cottage is a museum operated by Kearny Cottage Historical Society and serves as a repository for many items donated by citizens of Perth Amboy reflecting the maritime history of its owners and the city. A colonial garden is located on the grounds.[4]

The cottage was home Elizabeth Lawrence Kearny, the poet Lady Scribblerus,[5] and Michael Kearny. Their son, Lawrence Kearny was born and died in the house. Commodore Kearny was famous for his open door trade policy with China[6] and he was known as “the Sailor Diplomat.”[4]

The house is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places as the Lawrence Kearny House[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "New Jersey - Middlesex County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places – Middlesex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Historic Preservation Office. June 2, 2011. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Kearny Cottage". New Jersey Historic Trust. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b Westergaard, Barbara, New Jersey: A Guide to the State (3rd ed.), Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0-8135-3685-5 
  5. ^ Mills, W. Jay (1902). "Historic Houses of New Jersey". Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  6. ^ "Perth Amboy". Raritan/Millstone Guidebook. Archived from the original on 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

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