Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

James and Ann Whitall House

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level I
Grant Award: $47,625 (2008); $150,000 (2010); $142,500 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Gloucester County Parks & Recreation
County: Gloucester
Municipality: National Park

Constructed in 1748 for James and Ann Whitall, this house was designed in the Georgian style and became the centerpiece of their 400-acre plantation on the banks of the Delaware River.  During the American Revolution, the house was adjacent to Fort Mercer, the site of a colonists’ victory over the Hessians. Following the battle, the house was used as a hospital.  Acquired by the county in 1904, the house and grounds are interpreted as Red Bank Battlefield Park and are open to the public on a daily basis for recreation. 

The 2019 Trust grant helped fund the replacement of the existing wood shingle roof in-kind; spot mortar repointing as necessary; the replacement of two historically inappropriate windows with appropriate windows; restoration of exterior doors; and repainting of exterior wood elements. The 2010 Trust grant helped fund the creation of an accessible ramp to the first floor and the restoration of historic finishes in second floor rooms. A previous grant helped fund the preparation of a Master Plan that includes interpretive planning, landscape assessment and recommendations for stewardship. 

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