Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Level I
Grant Award: $1,147,990 (1997); $26,235 (2000); $37,500 (2017); $53,550 (2019); $21,434 (2021)
Grant Recipient: Historic Morven
County: Mercer
Municipality: Princeton

Built in the 1750s by Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven was home to five generations of the Stockton family and is a National Historic Landmark. In the twentieth century, Morven was the home of Robert Wood Johnson as well as the official Governor's mansion for more than thirty years. 

The 2021 Trust grant will help fund replacement in-kind of the wood fence running along the property frontage and reconnection of an exterior power line to provide electricity for sign lighting. The 2019 Trust grant helped fund the restoration and repair of windows (sash and trim) and shutters on the main house. The 2017 grant, made to Princeton Theological Seminary, helped fund the redesign and fabrication of interpretive signage throughout the Morven site, to be incorporated into a visual re-branding of the site and visitor communication. This project was evaluated as a heritage tourism initiative. 

The 2000 grant helped fund a preservation plan for the 1930s Art Moderne-style pool and pool house and surrounding landscape features. The pool house was restored in 2011. The 1997 grant helped fund the first phase of the property's restoration, which included exterior preservation work on the house, replacement of the slate roof and creation of barrier-free access. 

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