Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Peter Mott House

Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Level I
Grant Award: $94,897(1992); $44,710 (1995); $60,607 (2021)
Grant Recipient: Lawnside Historical Society
County: Camden
Municipality: Lawnside Borough

The 1845 Peter Mott House is the oldest known house in the community of Lawnside, which was founded as a free African-American settlement. Residents interested in the Borough's rich history united to prevent the house's demolition by a developer, who eventually donated the house to the newly formed Lawnside Historical Society. 

A matching grant from the Trust in 1993 allowed the Historical Society to undertake structural repairs and a complete exterior restoration of the house. The 1995 grant funded structural repairs and a complete interior rehabilitation. The 2021 Trust grant will help fund roof replacement, restore damaged and rotted clapboard on the exterior, repair or replace window trim, repair corner boards, restore second floor window sash, restore shutters, replace non-original basement hatch door, restore interior stair treads from first to second floor, and exterior painting.  

The residential building is now interpreted as the nineteenth-century home of a prosperous, free African-American. The museum highlights the connections between the house, Lawnside, and the Underground Railroad. 

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