Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level I
Grant Award: $18,750 (2005); $49,650 (2008) Grant Recipient: Borough of Flemington County: HunterdonMunicipality: Flemington
The construction date for Fleming Castle has long been stated as ca. 1756. Recent research conducted as part of a Trust-funded preservation plan has shown that while the structure probably dates to the eighteenth century, it may not have been as early as first noted nor used as a tavern by Samuel Fleming as long interpreted.
The preservation plan asserts that the house has gained additional significance as an example of early Colonial Revival-inspired restoration dating to the 1920s when a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) extensively “restored” the building. The DAR owned the building until 2005 when it was purchased by the Borough of Flemington. Today, a friends group runs educational programming at the site.
The 2008 grant helped fund structural repairs, sill repairs and clapboard siding restoration. A previous grant helped fund the preparation of a preservation plan.
For more information, visit: http://borough-of-flemington-municipal-government.eggzack.com/samuel-fleming-house