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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Merchants & Drovers Tavern

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Level I
Historic Site Management
Grant Award: $257,955 (1997); $50,000 (2000); $150,000 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Rahway Historical Society
County: Union
Municipality: Rahway

Built ca. 1795, this Federal-style tavern was expanded to four stories in the period around 1820. The tavern is the only remaining 18th century stagecoach tavern in the city and one of only four in the county. 

The 2019 Trust grant helped fund the continued exterior restoration of the building, focusing on the south and west elevations including the entire exterior of the kitchen wing. The 2000 Trust grant helped fund the creation of a historic landscape report and rehabilitation master plan for the site, which includes the former tavern yard and a small tavern that was moved to the site. A 1997 Trust grant helped fund structural stabilization and restoration, electrical work and barrier-free access. 

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