Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Abel Nicholson House

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Level I
Grant Award: $49,730 (2004); $42,027 (2006); $86,400 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Salem Old House Foundation
County: Salem
Municipality: Elsinboro Township

The Nicholson House, designated a National Historic Landmark, is an extraordinarily intact example of the 18th century patterned brick house distinctive for the checkerboard patterned brick on three elevations, and diamond-pattern and "1722" on the east gable elevation. The house has not been modified to accommodate heat or electricity, and retains a high level of integrity to the interior. The 1859 addition also retains its architectural integrity. Moreover, the house and its site are also noteworthy for their associations with the locally prominent Nicholson family and with the Quaker settlement in Salem County 

The 2019 Trust grant helped fund repairs to deteriorated features, upgrade electrical service in the 1839 addition, provide for a current condition assessment, and address drainage issues immediately around the main house and in the basement of the 1839 portion. The 2006 Trust grant helped fund the installation of non-invasive fire detection and suppression equipment at this isolated site.  The previous Trust grant helped fund repointing of bedding mortar that will stabilize the patterned brick. The New Jersey Historic Trust holds an easement on the Nicholson House, which protects the building from inappropriate changes to its historic appearance and materials. 

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