List of the oldest buildings in New Jersey
This article attempts to list the oldest extant buildings surviving in the state of New Jersey in the United States of America, including the oldest houses in New Jersey and any other surviving structures. Some dates are approximate and based upon dendochronology, architectural studies, and historical records. Sites on the list are generally from the First Period of American architecture or earlier. To be listed here a site must:
- date from prior to 1776; or
- be the oldest building in a county, large city, or oldest of its type (church, government building, etc.),
The Ephraim Tomlinson Homestead the oldest house in lindenwold 1742
|C. A. Nothnagle Log House||Gibbstown||1638–43c.||Residence||Purportedly the oldest surviving log house in the U.S., once part of New Sweden, and the oldest house in NJ, and hence Gloucester County|
|Seabrook-Wilson House||Middletown||1663||The house was built in 1663 by Thomas Whitlock, who came to the colony in 1648.|
||1650||Relocated. Once part of New Sweden, purportedly the oldest surviving building of its type in the USA and likely oldest structure in Cumberland County|
|Sip Manor||Jersey City
|1666||Residence||Originally part of Bergen, New Netherland, relocated in 1926 from Hudson County and now oldest building in Union County|
|Parker Homestead||Little Silver||1667||Residence||One of the oldest homes in Monmouth County|
|Old Mill at Tinton Falls||Tinton Falls||1674c.||Mill|
|Obisquahassit||Lower Penns Neck||1678||Residence||Oldest house in Salem County
|Nathaniel Bonnell House||Elizabeth||1682 (1670)||Oldest house in Elizabethtown, original capital of Province of New Jersey and oldest original building in Union County|
|6 West Pearl Street
Penn's Brew House
|Burlington||1682||Residence||Oldest brewhouse in state|
|Aaron Dunn Homestead||Woodbridge||1685||Residence||Possibly the oldest house in Woodbridge and Middlesex County.|
|Buckelew Mansion||Jamesburg||1685c.||Residence||One room in the house dates to 1685, possibly oldest in Middlesex County. House was expanded, most recently in the 19th century, and is also known as Lakeviewc.|
|Revell House||Burlington||1685||Residence||Oldest house in Burlington County|
|Chew-Powell House||Gloucester Township||1688||Residence||Oldest house in Camden County|
|Ladd's Castle||West Deptford||1688-90c.||Residence||Home to the surveyor who assisted William Penn in planning Philadelphia|
|Hendrick Fisher House||Franklin||1688||Residence||Oldest structure in Somerset County
substantially renovated in early 20th century, now owned by Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
|Newkirk House||Jersey City||1690c.||Commercial||Oldest building in Hudson County, originally built as homestead|
|Caesar Hoskins Log Cabin||Mauricetown||1690||Residence||Oldest house in Cumberland County|
|Robinson Plantation House||Clark||1690c.||Residence|
|Coxe Hall Cottage||Lower Township
|1691||Museum||Oldest extant structure in Cape May County once part of complex belonging to Daniel Coxe. Relocated/reconstructed at Cold Spring Village|
|Jonathan Pyne House||Cape May||1694||Residence||Oldest house in Cape May County|
|Joseph Cooper House||Camden||1695||Abandoned||Oldest house in Camden
Roof burnt about 2005 and in danger of complete collapse.
|Schuyler-Colfax House||Wayne||1695||Residence||Oldest buildings in Passaic County|
|St. John's Parsonage||Elizabeth||1696||Parsonage||Oldest religious building in Elizabeth|
|Andrews-Barlett Homestead||Tuckerton Seaport||1699||Unused||Likely the oldest house in Ocean County|
|Schorn Log Cabin||Swedesboro||1700c.||Granary||One of the oldest Swedish-Finnish log buildings in America, adjacent to Trinity Church Cemetery|
|Jonathan Singletary Dunham House||Woodbridge Township||1700c.||Residence||Built by Jonathan Singletary Dunham, who built the first gristmill in New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Assembly, and is President Barack Obama’s eighth great-grandfather,|
|Westerbrook-Bell House||Sandyston Township||ca 1701||Residence||Oldest house in Sussex County|
|Vreeland Homestead||Nutley||1702||Residence||Possibly oldest house in Essex County|
|Rockingham House||Rocky Hill
|1702||Residence||Served as the headquarters for George Washington and the Continental Army from August 23, 1783 to November 10, 1783.
The house has been relocated three times, in 1897, 1956, 2001.
|St. Mary's Episcopal Church||Burlington||1703||Religious||Oldest church in New Jersey|
|Mullica House||Mullica Hill||1704||Residence||Built by a Finnish settler Eric Mullica. Log house, which has survived more than 300 years and also hurricane Sandy, which destroyed many other buildings.|
|Isaac Watson House||Hamilton||1708||Museum||Oldest building in Mercer County, restored in 1964 as headquarters of the NJ Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution|
|Plume House||Newark||1710||Rectory||Located near I-280 the house is threatened by pollution and vibration, and considered one of the 10 most threatened historical sites in the state|
|Sydenham House||Newark||1711||Residence||Oldest private home in Newark|
|John Holcombe House||Delaware Township||1711||Museum||Part of Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. Oldest house in Hunterdon County|
|Shinn Curtis Log House||Mount Holly||1712|
|Perth Amboy City Hall||Perth Amboy||1714–1717||City hall||Oldest city hall in USA|
|Woodbury Friends' Meetinghouse||Woodbury||1715||Religious||Oldest Friends meeting house|
|Seaville Friends Meeting House||Seaville||1717||Religious||Friends meeting house|
|William Trent House||Trenton||1719||Residence||Oldest house in Trenton, the state capitol, and served unofficially as governor's residence|
|Martin Berry House||Pequannock Township||1720||Residence||Former residence of Samuel Berry, Berry's were first family to settle Pompton Plains|
|Matthias Hendricke Smock House||Piscataway||1720||Residence|
|Van Wickle House||Franklin Township||1722||House|
|Daniel Demarest House||Dumont||1724||Residence||Oldest building in Bergen County|
|Somers Mansion||Somers Point||1725||Residence||Oldest intact house in Atlantic County|
|Morven||Princeton||1730||Residence||Served as the state's first Governor's mansion from 1945-1981.|
|Holcombe House||Lambertville||c. 1733||Residence||Served as the headquarters of George Washington and the Continental Army, July 1777 and June 1778.|
|Hancock House||Lower Alloways Creek Township||1734||Residence||Major John Graves Simcoe led approximately 300 British soldiers and Queen's Rangers through a marsh and across Alloway Creek to surround Hancock House. They surprised 20 to 30 members of the local militia stationed there, along with Judge Hancock, killing most of them.|
|Old Salem County Courthouse||Salem||1735||Courthouse||Oldest active courthouse in New Jersey and second oldest courthouse in continuous use in the United States. Enlarged in 1817 and 1908, served as the courthouse for Salem County until 1969 and today for Salem City Municipal Court.|
|Wortendyke Barn||Park Ridge||1735||Barn||One of oldest New World Dutch barns|
|Upper Freehold Baptist Meeting aka
Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House
|Imlaystown||1737||Church||Oldest Baptist Meetinghouse|
|Buccleuch Mansion||New Brunswick||1739||Residence||Visited by several prominent men, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, General Kosciusko, General Gates, and John Hancock.|
|Dey Mansion||Wayne||1740||Residence||Served as the headquarters of George Washington and the Continental Army from October to November 1780.|
|Staats House||South Bound Brook||1740c.||Residence||Served as the headquarters of Baron William Frederick Von Steuben in the spring of 1779.|
|Van Vorst House||Jersey City||1740c.||Residence||Oldest private home in Jersey City|
|Van Wagenen House||Jersey City||ca 1740s||Unoccupied||Undergoing restoration per 2009|
|Oxford Furnace||Oxford||1741||Furnace||First hot blast furnace in United States|
|Cornelius Low House||Piscataway||1741||Residence|
|Updike Parsonage Barn||Cranbury||1741||Barn||One of oldest barns in state|
|Trinity Church||Newark||1742||Church||Oldest church in Newark|
|Richard Holcombe House||Delaware Township||1744||Unused||Expanded in 1811.|
|Nathaniel Drake House||Plainfield||1746||Museum||George Washington briefly stayed at the house during the Battle of Short Hills. Currently operated as the Drake House Museum and home of the Historical Society of Plainfield.|
|Thomas West House||Westville||1746||Residence||Local lore states that the old Thomas West house was used as a stopping-off place for the underground railroad, which was used during the Civil War for helping the blacks to escape to the North. There were tunnels which led from the Creek bank to the basement of the house.|
|Zion Lutheran||Oldwick||1749||Church||Oldest Lutheran church in New Jersey|
|Boxwood Hall||Elizabeth||1750c.||Residence||Home of Elias Boudinot, signer of the Treaty of Paris (1783) and the 10th President of the Continental Congress 1782-1783.|
|Indian King Tavern||Haddonfield||1750||Tavern||Served as the meeting place for the New Jersey General Assembly to ratify the Declaration of Independence and adopt the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey in 1777.|
|Isaac Onderdonk House||Piscataway||1750||Residence|
|Old Dutch Parsonage||Somerville||1751||Parsonage||Served as original site of Rutgers University. The original site was on the north side of the street, just east of The Wallace House, but the house was moved west on greased logs when the railroad went through its original location. The original kitchen, constructed of wood, collapsed during the move and was not reconstructed. A "sister" house is now the site of the Raritan Public Library.|
|Mount Holly Firehouse||Mount Holly||1752||Firehouse||Oldest firehouse in the USA, established by what is now the oldest continuously operating volunteer fire department in the USA|
|Steuben House||New Bridge Landing||1752||Museum|
|Nassau Hall||Princeton||1754||Academic||Housed the entire United States government in 1783|
|Dickinson House (Alloway, New Jersey)||Alloway Township, New Jersey||1754||Residence|
|Shippen Manor||Oxford||1755||Residence||Possibly oldest house in Warren County|
|John Van Doren House||Millstone||1755c.||Residence||Served as the headquarters for George Washington, the night of January 3–4, 1777 after the Battle of Princeton.|
|Gabreil Daveis Tavern House||Glendora||1756||Tavern||also known as the Hillman Hospital House, this tavern was built in 1756 near the Big Timber Creek and housed boatmen who used the creek to ship goods to Philadelphia. It was designated a hospital by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.|
|Steele-Condit House||Roseland||1757||Residence||Built approx 1720–1730. First recorded in 1757. Post & Beam construction. Oldest house in Roseland. Served as first school to area.|
|Old Barracks||Trenton||1758||Military||Last of its type, now National Historic Landmark & museum|
|Brainerd Schoolhouse||Mount Holly||1759||School||Oldest one room school, now a museum|
|William Chamberlain House||East Amwell||1760||Residence|
|Proprietary House||Perth Amboy||1762||Government||Oldest remaining colonial proprietary governor's residence in the original Thirteen States|
|Sandy Hook Light||Sandy Hook||1764||Light house||Oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States.|
|Franklin House||Woodbury||pre-1765||Residence||Built before 1765 and originally a log cabin, the oldest surviving house in Woodbury was bought by a Joseph Franklin in 1823, and remained in his family until 1911. The exterior logs are intact but now have weatherboard cladding. Its front door, exposed beams, and one fireplace made from square handmade bricks are original.|
|Ford Mansion||Morristown||1772||Residence||The headquarters of George Washington and the Continental Army during the "Hard Winter" from December 1779 until May 1780.|
|Liberty Hall||Union||1772||Residence||The home of William Livingston the first governor of New Jersey.|
|Christ Church||New Brunswick||1773 (tower)||Church||Episcopal Church, founded in 1742.|
|First Reformed Dutch Church||Hackensack||1781||Religious||Oldest Dutch Reformed Church|
|New Jersey State House||Trenton||1792||Government||Second oldest statehouse in continuous use in the U.S.|
|Old Queens||New Brunswick||1809||Academic||Oldest building at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.|
|Burlington County Prison||Mount Holly||1811||Prison||Possibly oldest prison building, which operated from 1811 to 1965|
|Barrow Mansion||Jersey City||1835c.||Private home||Adapted as community center beginning in 1890s|
|Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church||Trenton||1846||Church||Oldest Roman Catholic church. Catholics became entitled to own property only with the passage of the state's revised constitution in 1840.|
|Spermacetti Cove Life-saving Station||Sandy Hook
|1849||Maritime||Last surviving of first federally built by United States Life-Saving Service
Relocated from Fort Hancock to Navesink Twin Lights in 1954
|Long-A-Coming Depot||Berlin||1856||Rail station||Oldest railroad station|
|Ramsey Station||Ramsey||1868||Railroad Station||Oldest passenger station in service|
|Mount Pisgah AME Church||Salem||1871||Church||Oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church|
|Chalfonte Hotel||Cape May||1876||Hotel||Oldest continuously operated hotel on the East Coast of the US and contributing property to the Cape May Historic District.|
|Congregation Adas Emuno||Hoboken||1883||Synagogue||Oldest surviving synagogue building in New Jersey|
|Weehawken Water Tower||Weehawken||1883||Water tower||Possibly oldest water tower|
|East Jersey State Prison||Avenel||1901||Prison||
Better known by its original name, Rahway State Prison, oldest operating prison
|Fireman's Insurance Company Building||Newark||1910||Skyscraper||The 220 foot (67m) 19 story building is the oldest existing skyscraper is located in the Four Corners Historic District|
|Max's Diner||Harrison||1927||Restaurant||Oldest diner|
|Newark Airport Administration Building||Newark||1935||Aviation||First airport terminal in the United States
|Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station||Forked River||1969||Nuclear power station||Oldest operating nuclear power station in the United States|
|Either the Caesars Atlantic City or Bally's Atlantic City||Atlantic City||1979||Gambling Casino||Oldest legal purpose-built gambling casino. (While Resorts Casino Hotel is a year older, it used an existing building for its business, Haddon Hall. Caesar's expanded a pre-existing building for its casino.)|
|Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm||Atlantic City||2005||Wind farm||The first coastal wind farm in the United States and New Jersey's first wind farm, consisting of five towers|
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- List of Washington's Headquarters during the Revolutionary War
- New Jersey Historic Trust
- Monmouth County Historical Association
- Meadows Foundation
- New Bridge Landing
- Cranford Historical Preservation Advisory Board
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