Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Fleming Castle

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level I
Grant Award: $18,750 (2005); $49,650 (2008)
Grant Recipient: Borough of Flemington
County: Hunterdon
Municipality: 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.

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