Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Elizabeth and Gershom Frazee House

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $22,824 (2006); $29,126 (2010); $50,000 (2012)
Grant Recipient: Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary
County: Union
Municipality: Scotch Plains

The Frazee house is significant as a vernacular pre-Revolutionary wood frame structure for which the history of the site can be documented back to 1761. At that time the site was purchased by Gershom Frazee, a carpenter and joiner, whose work is demonstrated in the house’s structure and decoration. The site has additional significance for Betty Frazee’s defiance of the British General who requested her fresh-baked bread.

Occupied as a farm until 1949, the six acre property was a privately owned zoo until 1997, when acquired by the Township of Scotch Plains for passive recreational use. When the property was threatened to be sold and subdivided in 2003, the local rotary began negotiations for a 50 year lease and made plans to restore the structure. The house was stabilized in 2008 with the installation of an internal structural support system.

The 2012 Trust grant will help fund planning and construction documents for Phase I restoration of the house and landscape improvements that will allow public to access the site. The 2010 grant helped fund a master plan for use, study and interpretation of the resource as a community landmark and public park. A 2006 Trust grant helped fund archaeological testing, design development drawings and specifications, and the preparation of a National Register nomination.

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