Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

William Trent House

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Historic Site Management for Heritage Tourism
Grant Award: $711,258 (1997); $46,950 (2019), $42,360 (2020); $37,403 (2021)
Grant Recipient: City of Trenton; Trent House Association
County: Mercer
Municipality: Trenton

In 1714, Philadelphia merchant William Trent purchased 800 acres at the fall line of the Delaware River, established Trent’s Town and constructed a large dwelling for his family. The Trent House stands as the oldest building in Trenton and serves as an important example of early Georgian domestic architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region. It also contains an extensive collection of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century furniture. 

The 2021 Trust grant will help fund interpretive signs for the William Trent House Museum grounds. The 2020 Trust grant helped fund a continued archeological investigation on the grounds of the William Trent HouseThe 2019 Trust grant helped fund a site-wide Historic Preservation Plan for the Trent House Association and City of Trenton.  

The 1997 grant funded repairs and site improvements, as well as the development of a visitor facility in the carriage house. 

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