Tulipwood (Somerset, New Jersey)

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Meadows Foundation Tulipwood 2.JPG
Tulipwood in 2006
Tulipwood is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Location 1165 Hamilton Street,
Somerset, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°29′13.6″N 74°29′41.6″W / 40.487111°N 74.494889°W / 40.487111; -74.494889Coordinates: 40°29′13.6″N 74°29′41.6″W / 40.487111°N 74.494889°W / 40.487111; -74.494889
Built 1892
Architect Jacob August Lienau
Architectural style Shingle Style
NRHP reference # 05000966
NJRHP # 4226[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 9, 2005
Designated NJRHP July 14, 2005

Tulipwood is a shingle style historic home at 1165 Hamilton Street in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. It was designed by Jacob August Lienau.[2][3][4]


The land has been owned by the family of Mary Maclay Pentz Williams since 1877. An 8-1/4 acre portion of the original 121-acre (0.49 km2) property was transferred to Stephen Guion Williams in the last will and testament of Mary Williams on February 28, 1891.[2]

The house, Tulipwood, was built for Stephen Guion Williams of the Williams & Guion Black Star Line family in 1892. It was the third house built on the property. In 1920 Tulipwood became the home of Leigh W. Kimball and his family.[2] Kimball's grandson, Christopher Lehman was the last resident of Tulipwood before it was bought by Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey in 2003 and transferred to the Meadows Foundation.[2][4]

Tulipwood, also known as Whitehaven Farms, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 2005.[5]


  1. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Somerset County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. January 25, 2016. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tulipwood". Meadows Foundation. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Upham (August 27, 2003). "Franklin history". Courier News. Retrieved 2011-12-14. Grieff closed her report by stating, Tulipwood is not only a representative example of the Shingle Style, unusual in Franklin Township, but a remarkably well- preserved one. Because of its architectural quality and integrity, it undoubtedly is eligible for the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places. 
  4. ^ a b "Franklin buys historic house". Home News Tribune. August 13, 2003. Retrieved 2011-12-14. A rare surviving example of the "shingle style" architectural design practiced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the house will be leased to the Meadows Foundation for public use, said Township Manager Ken Daly. ... 
  5. ^ Greiff, Constance M. (June 4, 2004). "NRHP Nomination: Tulipwood/Whitehaven Farms" (PDF). National Park Service.  "Accompanying 17 photos, from 2004" (PDF).